“The thought of my suffering and homelessness is bitter beyond words. I will never forget this awful time, as I grieve over my loss.” Lamentations 3:19 NLT
“Yet I still dare to hope when I remember this: The faithful love of the Lord never ends! His mercies never cease. Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning.”
Lamentations 3:20-23 NLT
✓ Hope is not wishful thinking.
✓ Hope is not blind optimism.
✓ Hope is not ambitious dreams.
✓ Hope is a confident expectation based on something solid.
“We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure.” Hebrews 6:19 NIV
“We who have run for our very lives to God have every reason to grab the promised hope with both hands and never let go. It’s an unbreakable spiritual lifeline, reaching past all appearances right to the very presence of God.” Hebrews 6:19-20 MSG
For most people, hope is something they do; but Biblical hope is something we have.
“Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me? Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, my Savior and my God.” Psalms 43:5 NIV
1. God’s presence.
“Find rest, O my soul, in God alone; my hope comes from him.” Psalm 62:5 NIV
“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 NIV
2. God’s promise.
“My soul faints with longing for your salvation, but I have put my hope in your word.” Psalm 119:81 NIV
3. God’s process.
“And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. Not only so, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.” Romans 5:2-4 NIV
4. God’s purpose.
“Do not neglect the spiritual gift you received through the prophecy spoken over you when the elders of the church laid their hands on you. Give your complete attention to these matters. Throw yourself into your tasks so that everyone will see your progress.” 1 Timothy 4:14-15 NLT
5. God’s place.
“Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God; trust also in me. In my Father's house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you.” John 14:1-2 NIV