Monday, September 30, 2013

Hope: It's What We Crave

'Divine 70% Dark Chocolate Hearts Close up outer' photo (c) 2010, Lee McCoy - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/2.0/It's written on my soul: Hope's what we crave. I can't take credit for those words, which were written and performed by the talented young men of For King and Country.  But wow, those lyrics resonate with me.  When the world seems dark, when the future looks bleak, sometimes all we have is hope.  And I thank the Lord for giving that to us!

While I was thinking about that, I was looking up verses about hope.  Maybe you need that encouragement today, too.  So I thought I'd share a few of my favorites:
  1. [B]ut those who hope in the Lord
        will renew their strength.
    They will soar on wings like eagles;
        they will run and not grow weary,
        they will walk and not be faint.  (Isaiah 40:31)
  2. ... [We] know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.  And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us. (Romans 3:3-5)
  3. May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. (Romans 15:13)
  4. Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. (Hebrews 10:23)
  5. Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, ... (1 Peter 1:3)
I just love the imagery of overflowing with hope, the encouragement that suffering eventually produces hope, and the urging to hold unswervingly to hope.  We have all of that because God is faithful and will never break His promises.

Even when life stinks.

Even when we're struggling and we don't understand God's plan.

Even when we can't see the path for the darkness.

Maybe especially at those times, because, as Paul writes, "Who hopes for what they already have?" (Romans 8:24).

It's been said that it's hard to be a Christian alone, and I find this to be particularly true when my emotions don't reflect what I know to be true.  It's then that I rely on my sisters and brothers in Christ to encourage me, to remind me of the promises of God, and to walk alongside me in the dark.  I hope you have friends who do this for you.  I have only a few close friends, but they are truly "Jesus with skin on" to me.

1 comment :

  1. thanks for the reminder...
    i know i need it from time to time

    ReplyDelete

I love to hear what you're thinking, so thank you for leaving a comment!

Spammers are unwelcome here, and spam comments will be deleted.

ShareThis