Be strong and let your heart take courage, all you who hope in the LORD.
We begin the week talking about hope.
As long as you have hope, you have a future, but when you lose hope, you lose everything.
The word hope, as used in the Bible, is different than the way we use hope today. We say, “I hope we have ice cream tonight, I hope I win the lotto, or I hope my team wins.
We use the word hope the same way we use the word wish. Biblical hope is different.
When you hope the Lord, you are putting your complete faith and trust that what God has said is going to come to pass. As you hope in the Lord, two things happen in your life.
Hope Gives You Strength
Hope energizes your body. As you think about what the future holds, you find new energy and excitement as you put your hope in the Lord. Hope energizes the soul. Hope puts new life in your step and confidence in your posture. Hope gives you the strength to face the hardest difficulties and your most challenging problems.When you lose hope, you slip into despair, depression, and apathy. A person without hope struggles with getting out of bed in the morning, but those who put their hope in the Lord are strengthened throughout the day.
Hope Gives You Courage
Hope not only gives you new strength, but it gives you the courage to step out of your comfort zone into new areas of life. Knowing what God has promised, you can stand in faith with the courage to face almost anything. Hope empowers you to stand for the important things in life and to face problems or people that would usually intimidate you. Fear and intimidation fade as you hope in the Lord.
The Greatest Hope is the Promise of Eternal Life.
I don’t wish for eternal life; I know that in Jesus Christ when I die, I will spend eternity with Him. It is not a wish, but a confident faith that God is going to bring it to pass.
Look at this promise one more time.
Be strong and let your heart take courage, All you who hope in the LORD. – Psalm 31:24
Confess this with me.
I put my hope in the Lord.
God is strengthening me as I hope in Him.
I have newfound courage through my hope in Christ.
One day my hope will become reality as I see Him face to face.
In Jesus Name,
I’m praying you find new strength and courage today as you put your hope in the Lord.
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