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Jeremiah 29:11 ” For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

Sometimes it’s because of serious illness or loss…sometimes it’s the result of circumstances way beyond our control…but regardless, we can find ourselves without hope.  There standing before us is no bright promise for things to come…only the bleak darkness of the here and now.   But God’s intent…His plan and purpose for each one of us, is to give us hope and a future with Him.  For God’s Will is only about doing good…His plans are perfect, His purpose for us, only the very best.  So in place of our hopelessness, God promises joy… and in place of fear, He promises peace.

Psalm 33:18 ” But the eyes of the Lord are on those who fear Him, on those whose hope is in His unfailing love.”

In I Peter 3:12 the Apostle Peter quotes Psalm 34:15 when he writes, ” For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and His ears are attentive to their prayers.”  Peter was writing to God-fearing Christians, encouraging them to endure the persecution that was prevalent at the time.  Persecution can take on many type of faces.  It can be internal physical affliction that drags us down…or it can be external forces that exasperate and irritate us.  Peter wanted to show that regardless of the kind of persecution…God’s loving mercy is everlasting and always near to those who love Him.

Lamentations 3: 25-26 ” The Lord is good to those whose hope is in Him, to the one who seeks Him; it is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord.”

Psalm 40:1 says, “I wait patently for the Lord.”  Exodus 14:14 tells us, “The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.”  In these verses in Lamentations the author, Jeremiah, wants to stress not only the need to wait patiently for the Lord in confident hopefulness…but to wait quietly, marked by little activity to attempt to fix things on our part. (In other words, not trying to “help God.”)  To do both simultaneously and to do them well is a real test of our trust in Him.

Lamentations 3:24 ” I say to myself, ‘The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for Him.’ “

Statistics say that human beings spend approximately 6 months of their lives waiting in line for things…which amounts to about 3 days a year just standing around.  So how can we change the complexion and emotions associated with waiting from bored, frustrated, impatience… to hopeful expectation  that’s rooted in God?   It could first start by raising your head up from your phone and engaging in the world around you.  People complain that they’re lonely…but they refuse to become involved in casual conversation with the person standing in line next to them…preferring to bury their face in their phone instead.  But consider this…maybe God placed that person specifically there to have you speak encouragement into their life.  So the next time you find yourself waiting…look around…God may have someone He wants you to talk to.

I Peter 1:3 ” 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.”

What does it mean to you to be born again?  Maybe it’s been a long time since you even thought about it, especially if you’ve been a Believer for years.  When you said “Yes” to Jesus, you underwent spiritual rebirth.  What was once corruptible became incorruptible,  and passed from death unto life.  When we are born again, all is made new…for by God’s great mercy and the sacrificial blood of Christ, we are saved from our sins.  To be born again means we are truly a new  person standing before God…righteous and blameless in His sight.

Psalm 34:8 ” Taste and see that the Lord is good.”

There are certain things that someone can attempt to describe to us, but until we can experience it for ourselves, we just don’t get it.  Take instance,  the first time you saw the ocean and that vast expanse of churning water…no amount of prior description someone gave you could even come close to you seeing it with your own eyes.  The same thing happens with Jesus.  We may hear about Him all our lives…but it’s not until we take that personal step of faith and experience Him, that we can then know true joy, peace and hope in our lives.

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.