In Hope’s Grasp

I have been held in hope’s grasp this week as a result of verses I have read during my quiet time. Verses such as Romans 15:13 which I shared on Monday but will share the Amplified Bible’s translation today.

May the God of your hope so fill you with all joy and peace in believing [through the experience of your faith] that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound and be overflowing (bubbling over) with hope.”

I also want to share quotes on hope from two men who maintained hope when faced with injustice.

“Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness.” – Archbishop Desmond Tutu

“We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.”
– Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

How do we not lose ‘infinite hope” when in a current season, especially one that seems prolonged, everything around us has buffeted our hope and we find it slipping away? We do not lose hope by making sure that our hope is not in people and by turning to the Word of God, and reminding ourselves that He is our hope and He will not fail us. By filling our hearts and mouths with verses such as Psalm 42:11 and Psalm 43:5.

“Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me? Hope in God; For I shall yet praise Him, The help of my countenance and my God.”

Remember, “For all those words which were written long ago are meant to teach us today; that when we read in the scriptures of the endurance of men and of all the help that God gave them in those days, we may be encouraged to go on hoping in our own time.” (Romans 15:4, PHILLIPS. Click here for other translations of this verse).

An additional resource is the classic hymn, “My hope is built.” Here are the lyrics with a video.  As His children, we have every reason to hope.

1.My hope is built on nothing less
Than Jesus blood and righteousness
I dare not trust the sweetest frame
But wholly lean on Jesus’ name.

Refrain: On Christ the solid rock I stand,
All other ground is sinking sand;
All other ground is sinking sand.

2. When Darkness veils His lovely face,
I rest on His unchanging grace.
In every high and stormy gale,
my anchor holds within the veil.
(Refrain)

3. His oath, his covenant, his blood
supports me in the whelming flood.
When all around my soul gives way,
he then is all my hope and stay.
(Refrain)

4. When he shall come with trumpet sound,
O may I then in him be found!
Dressed in his righteousness alone,
faultless to stand before the throne!
(Refrain)

 

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