A Study in Hope

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I’ve been meaning to write this post for a long time.  I’m learning, sometimes far too slowly, how important it is for me to keep revisiting specific themes and verses in God’s word, allowing them to soak into my heart and my bones so that on the days when doubts try their best to rob me of peace of mind I have quick ammunition with which to shoot them down.  God has reminded me again this week that He has an especial desire for me to hold onto hope when I am shaky and afraid.  In fact, he tells me, I am a carrier of His hope in this barren time and she needs to be shared, so here is a long overdue little study on hope.  My desire is that by the time you get to the bottom of this collection of what God speaks over you in the Bible, your heart will be full of courage for what you’re facing today and you will know that divine hope knows no limitations.

Then you will know that I am the Lord; those who hope in me will not be disappointed – Isaiah 49:23

And now, here’s what I’m going to do: I’m going to start all over again. I’m taking her back out into the wilderness where we had our first date, and I’ll court her. I’ll give her bouquets of roses. I’ll turn Heartbreak Valley into Acres of Hope. She’ll respond like she did as a young girl, those days when she was fresh out of Egypt – Hosea 2:15

Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see – Hebrews 11:1

And so, Lord, where do I put my hope?  My only hope is in you – Psalm 39:7

But as for me, I will always have hope – Psalm 71:14

“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” – Jeremiah 29:11

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope – Romans 15:13

We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure – Hebrews 6:19

Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the Lord – Psalm 31:24

Know also that wisdom is like honey for you: If you find it, there is a future hope for you, and your hope will not be cut off – Proverbs 24:14

Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength.  They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary; they will walk and not be faint – Isaiah 40:31

Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer – Romans 12:12

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope – Romans 15:4

Show me the right path, O Lordpoint out the road for me to follow.  Lead me by your truth and teach me, for you are the God who saves me.  All day long I put my hope in you – Psalm 25:4-5

Blessed are those whose hope is in the Lord their God – Psalm 146:5

You are my refuge and my shield; I have put my hope in your Word – Psalm 119:114

And now these three remain: faith, hope and love, but the greatest of these is love – 1 Corinthians 13:13

Wait with hope for the Lord. Be strong, and let your heart be courageous. Yes, wait with hope for the Lord – Psalm 27:14

Hope in the Lord and keep his way. He will exalt you to inherit the land – Psalm 37:34

Yes, my soul, find rest in God; my hope comes from him – Psalm 62:5

The LORD is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him – Lamentations 3:25

But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently – Romans 8:25

I wait for the LORD, my whole being waits, and in his word I put my hope – Psalm 130:5

But blessed are those who trust in the Lord and have made the Lord their hope and confidence. They are like trees planted along a riverbank, with roots that reach deep into the water. Such trees are not bothered by the heat or worried by long months of drought. Their leaves stay green, and they never stop producing fruit – Jeremiah 17:7-8

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