Posts Tagged ‘ Hope ’

VerseD: Hebrews 11:1

Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.

Hebrews 11:1, ESV

As we seek God, He gives us more faith and more reasons for faith. We may not see all of His promises in this life, but He has shown Himself faithful.

VerseD: Isaiah 40:3

A voice cries: “In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord; make straight in the desert a highway for our God.

Isaiah 40:3, ESV

We live in a wilderness of sin and darkness in this world.

Let us make every effort to remove obstacles to the gospel in our own lives and as we share the gospel with others.

May we seek the peace and light of God.

Advent 2022 – Day 1: Isaiah 9:1

But there will be no gloom for her who was in anguish. In the former time he brought into contempt the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, but in the latter time he has made glorious the way of the sea, the land beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the nations.

Isaiah 9:1, ESV

At Advent, we look back at why Jesus had to come, that He came, and then that He will come again.

As humans, we have a tendency to let those around us influence us more than God.

Look at Eve with the serpent.

Look at the brothers of Joseph, even though Reuben had tried to save him, still going along with his brothers.

Look at Israel as a nation, constantly turning to the gods of their neighbors.

Zebulun and Naphtali were the same, living way in the north of Israel, what came to be known as Galilee, often overrun with Gentile pagans, and they frequently gave in to their practices rather than worship the one true God.

Yet, God tells them that in the last days they would be blessed.

There is a reminder that we all fall short of God, that we need His help to be good, righteous, holy. We may wander far from Him, yet God comes to us. He makes a way for us. God comes and shares His glory.

If we are willing to see His light in our dark world.

VerseD: Ecclesiastes 4:9

Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil.

Ecclesiastes 4:9, ESV

We need each other, and more importantly we need God. The community we have in faith in God unites us and gives us strength and hope.

VerseD: Colossians 1:13

He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son

Colossians 1:13, ESV

When our faith is in the work Christ has done on the cross for our sins, we know we know longer live in sin but have hope for eternal glory with Him.

VerseD: Romans 8:18

For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.

Romans 8:18, ESV

The faith we have in Christ – the Suffering Servant – gives us hope of eternal life while knowing this life will be hard.

VerseD: James 5:13

Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing praise.

James 5:13, ESV

We can give thanks to God in everything, but we can also ask for healing and peace. Whether He grants that request in this life, we can praise Him that we know we await eternal life free from pain and suffering.

VerseD: Romans 8:28

And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.

Romans 8:28, ESV

Our God is in control, so even the craziness and wickedness of our world is used according to His purpose, that leads to glorifying us as we glorify Him.

VerseD: Joshua 1:9

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

Joshua 1:9, ESV

We know we have the strength and peace to face this world, because our sovereign and all-powerful God is with those of us who believe.

VerseD: Romans 15:13

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.

Romans 15:13, ESV

We may struggle in this life – whether from our own sin and mistakes or the way this world works – but in Christ the Father has given us His hope and peace through the Holy Spirit.