I’ve seen a lot of hurting this week. People at church, people at VH, people online.
It’s easy to be discouraged in this world.
I have told you these things so that in Me you may have peace.
You will have suffering in this world.
Be courageous! I have conquered the world.”
In this world, we need hope.
Without hope, why go on?
Without hope, where do we go? What do we do?
Without hope, we will always crash and burn.
Delayed hope makes the heart sick,
but fulfilled desire is a tree of life.
A man’s spirit can endure sickness,
but who can survive a broken spirit?
So where’s our hope when the world crushes us?
Where’s our hope when the death of a loved one cripples our hearts?
Where’s our hope when evil seems to reign in the world?
Hope changes everything.
For the waves of death engulfed me; the torrents of destruction terrified me.
The ropes of Sheol entangled me; the snares of death confronted me.
I called to the LORD in my distress; I called to my God.
From His temple He heard my voice, and my cry for help reached His ears.
-2 Samuel 22:5-7
Against hope, with hope he believed,
so that he became the father of many nations,
according to what had been spoken:
So will your descendants be.
Happy is the one whose help is the God of Jacob,
whose hope is in the LORD his God,
This is not to say that you can’t be sad, discouraged, or hurting.
But it’s a different kind of sadness.
A different kind of discouragement, and a different kind of hurt.
Because in the midst of the pain, there’s hope.
This is not the end.
God is in control.
He loves me.
He always does what’s best for me.
I have a reward in Heaven.
Soon I will be done with this world.
Yet I call this to mind, and therefore I have hope:
Because of the LORD’s faithful love we do not perish, for His mercies never end.
They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness!
I say: The LORD is my portion,therefore I will put my hope in Him.
The LORD is good to those who wait for Him, to the person who seeks Him.
It is good to wait quietly for deliverance from the LORD.
Not that we are constantly longing to die; but rather, we strive to have God’s perspective.
We choose His perspective.
We choose to have an attitude of hope.
We choose to be happy.
For now we see indistinctly, as in a mirror, but then face to face.
Now I know in part, but then I will know fully,as I am fully known.
-1 Corinthians 13:12
Why am I so depressed? Why this turmoil within me?
Put your hope in God, for I will still praise Him,
my Savior and my God.
Happiness isn’t something that depends on our surroundings…
It’s something we make inside ourselves.
-Corrie ten Boom
Because our happiness doesn’t depend on our circumstances.
It doesn’t depend on the world.
It doesn’t depend on our friends, our family.
It depends on Jesus.
And not only that, but we also rejoice in our afflictions,
because we know that affliction produces endurance,
endurance produces proven character,
and proven character produces hope.
This hope does not disappoint,
because God’s love has been poured out in our hearts
through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.
If you look at the world, you’ll be distressed.
If you look within, you’ll be depressed.
If you look at God you’ll be at rest.
-Corrie ten Boom
Now may the God of hope
fill you with all joy and peace in believing,
so that you may overflow with hope
by the power of the Holy Spirit.
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