Throughout this year we’ve seen a lot of changes in our country and in the world, and yes, even in ourselves. From the serious attack on our health and wellbeing to the security of our finances, to many other things affecting every person on the globe, we’ve all been touched. It has challenged us and shaped us to stand strong, persevere, lend a hand, depend on God, and look for better times. The better times continue to be evident.
Most people are resilient and continue to believe for better days. I trust you are one of them. Whatever is going on around us won’t be forever. It reminds me of Israel when faced with bondage and imprisonment by Pharaoh in Egypt. Things were very tough, but they continued to look to God for their help. He sent a deliverer, Moses. Finally there was hope. Yet, God didn’t leave them where they were but led them out of bondage and into His promised land full of His blessings.
What a picture it is for us today. Having left behind the earlier problems of the year, we now forge ahead, looking for God’s continued blessings and provisions. There IS Hope.
Let these verses fill you with encouragement and a deeper hope as you meditate on them for your life. The more you do, the more hope will grow in your heart as you believe.
Isaiah 40:31 NIV – “Those who hope [wait] 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.”
Jeremiah 29:11 NASB – “’For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the LORD, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.”
Colossians 1:27 ESV – “To them (the saints) God chose to make known how great among the Gentiles are the riches of the glory of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.”
Romans 15:13 ESV – “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.”
What better time to reflect on the Hope we have in Jesus than now during Thanksgiving week. We have much to be thankful for. We haven’t lost hope because our hope and trust is in God.