Give me a word, Lord: HOPE

Romans 15:13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.

Romans 5:3-4Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.

Psalm 42:5Why, 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.

Hope: It’s a tiny little word that has a powerful meaning. We use the word hope all too lightly. We say things like, ” I hope you have a good day,” “I hope the garden does well this year,” or “I hope this weather cools off soon.” But hope isn’t just a little term of wishful thinking. It’s not simply an emotion. With hope, we have the power within us to turn to God and know that His promises are true. That’s real hope.

I started sharing these daily quiet time devotions and thoughts because I personally needed to get in God’s word to find hope for myself as I endured yet another crisis in life. This time it is an unseen virus that has been unleashed on us. It has wreaked havoc on our families, our nation, and our world. I needed to grab hold of some hope to cling to as I muddled my way through. I also felt that maybe someone reading my ramblings might be looking for and find a little hope too. I’ve recognized over the past months, as I have many times in my life, that once again I am not in control! I’ve always been one who had to “be in control” of the situation, but there are many things that are simply out of my control.

Having hope in Christ helps me to realize that though I can’t control a situation, I know the One who does. You see, having hope is really a mindset of determination to believe that though everything looks as though it’s falling apart, we can still know that God has everything under control. We can’t see the light at the end of the tunnel, but God can. Hope is knowing and trusting that God has plans for us. Hope is knowing without a shadow of a doubt that God loves us, and because of His great love for us, He will see us through this situation and any situation we encounter. Hope is knowing we will be spending eternity with our Savior. I truly hope that you all have a good day today! I know that I will because no matter what life throws at me, I know the One who is in control. My hope lies in Him!

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