Tag Archive | hopeful anticipation

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.

Romans 15: 32 ” So that by God’s will I may come to you with joy and together with you be refreshed.”

When we come together as God’s family, my spirit and yours are refreshed.  (I Cor. 16:18)  The Lord has opportunity to minster through you and me to touch others with encouragement when we meet together. He can also move corporately  throughout  to refresh…exhorting, inspiring, and spurring on.    But when you decide not to go to Church or Bible Study or Prayer Group for selfish reasons, you are denying others the blessing of giving and receiving hope and inspiration through your absence.   Never believe that you don’t matter in the Family of God, for you are a very important and intricate part of the spiritual community called the Body.

Isaiah 33:2 ” O Lord, be gracious to us; we long for You. Be our strength every morning, our salvation in time of distress.”

Lord,  You are the wind in my sail, the power and might behind my every move.  I am the weak,  appealing for mercy from the strong.  I will patiently wait and hope for You, even when I can not clearly see Your hand working.  My trust will be  in You and You alone… for You are my strength and my song, and I will continue to praise Your name forever.    Amen