Tag Archive | hope and a future

Psalm 42:5 ” Why are you downcast, O my soul? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise Him, my Savior and my God.”

The whole of mankind hoped with eager anticipation…awaiting the promise of the fulfillment of the coming Messiah…only to watch Him die a terrible and horrific death on the Cross.  The day after that shocking event, the human soul was holding its breath…struggling to remember the words of Jesus  while despair tried to crowd out any shred of hope.  Human life hung in the balance between hope and hopelessness that fateful day.  But God is the God of hope, (Romans 15:13) and we have this hope as an anchor. (Hebrews 6:19)  So if today,  you’re facing the impossible, the incurable, the irreversible…put your hope in God and fix your eyes on Him.  For if God can raise Jesus from the dead, He can breathe life into your sick, dying body, revive a struggling marriage, or break the chains of addiction off a loved one.  For as long as there is hope, there’s life.

Psalm 112:7-8 ” He will have no fear of bad news; his heart is steadfast, trusting in the Lord. His heart is secure, he will have no fear; in the end he will look in triumph on his foe.”

You will not be able to go through this world without receiving bad news…for loved ones die, accidents happen, and cancer rears its ugly head.  So it’s not if bad news will happen, but rather when it will hit us without warning.  It’s at that moment we have to make a conscious decision…who and what will I trust in.  Will I take this news that’s causing me pain and unhappiness and allow it to control every part of me…or will I stand firm in the confidence of knowing God is in complete control of the situation?  Leaning on the Lord is not a sign of weakness…relying on Him for strength and peace is not copping out from reality.  Bad news will affect us all…but if our trust is in the Lord, we have the certainty of His firm foundation of love and hope under-girding our shaking bodies.

II Samuel 22:2-3 ” The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation. He is my stronghold, my refuge and my savior – from violent men You save me.”

God is our only reliable stronghold in the world today.  He is the fortress we can retreat to when fear over takes us.  He is our rescuer when wickedness and oppression take the very breath from us.  For  God is the only rock we can put our absolute trust in…the only refuge we can run to for safety.

Proverbs 24:14 ” Know also that wisdom is sweet to your soul; if you find it, there is a future hope for you, and your hope will not be cut off.”

Wisdom speaks only truth to your soul.  It will guide you on the right path, and fill you with hope.  And with wisdom comes future hope … that can never be destroyed.

Psalm 119:116 “Sustain me according to Your promise, and I will live; do not let my hopes be dashed.”

You can’t have faith without hope…and hope without faith…they go hand and hand together.   When shattered human emotions come to the point of hopelessness, there’s nothing left but  disillusionment and a broken spirit. But if we have faith, we are lifted up and supported…encouraged and assured that God is there.   Isaiah 46:4 says, “Even to your old age and gray hairs I am He, I am He Who will sustain you.  I have made you and I will carry you;  I will sustain you and I will rescue you.”   The Lord is always there to comfort the brokenhearted and grief-stricken.  For faith will give way to hope…and hope will usher in faith.

Ephesians 1:18 ” I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which He has called you, the riches of His glorious inheritance in the saints, and His incomparably great power for us who believe.”

For many of us, we are riding on the shoulders of those who have come before us.  Maybe it was a Grandmother,  Great Aunt, or Great Uncle that were so influential in your early years.  This someone, whose strong Christian walk stirred your own soul and formed early on your ideas of just who God was, became  a shining example of His  light and truth to you.  And as they walked the walk and talked the talk…that assurance of who God was and His matchless power and authority became more real every day.

Psalm 52:9 ” I will praise You forever for what You have done; in You name I will hope, for Your name is good. I will praise You in the presence of Your saints.”

Do you see your glass as half empty, or half full?  Rather than focus and dwell on the have nots…concentrate on what the Lord has already accomplished in your life.  Thank Him for what He’s brought you through as you expectantly wait for Him.  Linger in the miraculous happenings  of your life story with the Lord as you anticipate what He’ll do next.  As one of the faithful, your glass will never again be half empty…for the Lord’s love will fill it to overflowing.