Posted on May 4, 2020 by Catey Stover in Freedom Fighters
That’s what we all need a dose of right now, wouldn’t you agree? We have been in this COVID-19 cycle now for what seems like forever. And my guess is that if you are really honest, there are days you seem hopeful vs. hopeless? Maybe because of your personality style, you see more hopeless than hopeful?
We hope that when we go to the store, we can find toilet paper. Robert Hayes sent me a picture of a sign that reads: SINGLE MAN WITH TOILET PAPER SEEKS SINGLE WOMAN WITH HAND SANITIZER FOR GOOD CLEAN FUN!
We hope today we will hear the news that the number of new cases and deaths related to COVID-19 will turn downwards instead of rising.
We hope that we will have enough money to make it to the end of the week. Or I hope my job opens soon as I am almost out of money.
Some may hope that their job never opens back up because they are making more money on Social Security than when they were working.
Many are hoping that they will not get the virus and certainly not a loved one.
As I have been reading through my devotionals this year, it is interesting how many times HOPE is addressed.
Here are some cool verses about hope:
We wait in hope for the Lord; He is our help and shield. In Him, our hearts rejoice, for we trust in His holy name. May your unfailing love rest upon us, O Lord, even as we put our trust in You. Psalm 33:20
Be joyful in hope, patient in tribulation, faithful in prayer. Romans 12:12
Be of good courage, and He will strengthen your heart, all you who hope in the Lord. Psalm 31:24
Why are you in despair, O my soul? And why have you become disturbed within me? Hope in God, for I shall again praise Him for the help of His presence. Psalm 42:5 (NASB)
May the God of hope full you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow (abound) in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13
Through the Lord’s mercies, we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness. “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I hope in Him!” Lamentations 3:22-24
The Apostle Paul certainly needed a good dose of hope, didn’t he? In his letter to Timothy, he penned these words under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit:
Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the commandment of God our Savior, and Lord Jesus Christ, which is our hope … 1 Timothy 1:1 (KJV)
I love what devotional writer, Roy Lessin says about hope:
No man or government has the power to change the greatest enemies that face every generation. It is foolish to put our hope in man. Man has no power to change the human heart, to deliver from sin, to outsmart the devil, to take away the darkness that covers the soul, or to stop the certainty of death.
WHEN JESUS IS YOUR FUTURE, YOU CAN SET YOUR HEART, YOUR THOUGHTS, YOUR FAITH, AND YOUR HOPE IN HIM BECAUSE HE CANNOT FAIL AND HE WILL NEVER CHANGE!!!
So my brothers (and some sisters who sneak in), keep your heart full of hope. When hopelessness begins is an ugly attack on your heart and mind, run back to the gospel. Run back to the Word of God. Set your hope on HIM today.
In His grip,
Bill Welte, President/CEO
Check out this rendition of the song, LIVING HOPE
Written by Bill Welte, President/CEO of America’s Keswick: Bill has been married to his childhood sweetheart for 40+ years and has four married kids and 11 amazing grandkids. He loves music and is an avid reader.
Think About This: “Of course, you’ll encounter trouble. But behold a God of power who can take any evil and turn it into a door of hope.” – Catherine Marshall
This Week’s Verse to Memorize: “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you” –Matthew 5:43-44
Disclaimer: The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the doctrinal and theological views held by America’s Keswick.