Sunday, November 19, 2017
Psalm 25:5 "Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my is in you all day long."
Psalm 33:20 "We wait in for the ; he is our help and our shield."
Psalm 42:5 "Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God."
Psalm 71:14 "As for me, I will always have ; I will praise you more and more."
Romans 12:12 "Be joyful in , patient in affliction, faithful in prayer."
Romans 15:13 "May the God of fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with by the power of the Holy Spirit."
According to Wikipedia, Hope is an optimistic state of mind that is based on an expectation of positive outcomes with respect to events and circumstances in one's life. According to the Bible, hope is a promise to believers that our bodies will be redeemed by the grace of God and given eternal life.
Romans 8:23-25 "
We can cling to hope as believers because we know that our hope is not limited to what happens in this life. Hope makes our trials easier to bear, because we have won the victory over death through Jesus Christ. Romans 5:3-5 "
We also have hope that our trial will work out and not call us Home yet. We glorify God when He uses us as an example in suffering. Hope is displayed in our prayers, in our service to the suffering, and in our trust of God's faithfulness. "He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus."
Have you heard about the guy who was terminally ill, but still bought green bananas? Why wouldn't he buy yellow bananas that are ready to eat without a wait? Because, he still had hope in his heart that God would see him through a few more days to see them ripen. As for myself, my green bananas are the Alan Jackson concert tickets for Jan. 20th that I'm going to buy soon. I have hope that whether I see Alan or God in the coming days, it's going to be a great time.
When trouble seeks to rob your very breath, When tragedy hits hard and steals your days, Recall that Christ endured the sting of death; He gives us hope, and merits all our praise. —Gustafson
4 Ways To Help Yourself During a Trial [intouch.org]
Only by viewing life from a biblical perspective can we understand His purposes in our trials and trust His wisdom in allowing them.