Monday, May 28, 2007

Bits and Pieces: Hope

"Be strong, and let your heart take courage, All you who hope in the Lord," (Psalm 31:24).

* Like faith, hope is only as valid as the trustworthiness of the object in which it is placed. However sincere one's hope may be, if it is not set upon a solid object, it is doomed to disappointment. Consequently, we who hope in the absolutely trustworthy Lord of the universe, should gain great strength and courage for the facing of each day's challenges.

* So much of our weakness and fear, our anemic hope, stems from a small vision of who God is. How much greater would be our strength, courage and hope should we have an accurate awareness of His amazing might. Those who know God the best have great courage, strength, and an unshakable hope.

* In the way the world uses the term, there is very little assurance or conviction attached to the word "hope." Scripturally, though, because true hope is placed in the never-failing, never-changing eternal Lord, the term has about it a rock-solid trustworthiness.
We can enjoy a deep-seated confidence because our hope is in Him who is all in all.

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