True, complete, peaceful, unabashed HOPE.
It seems like most days, my heart feels like Job:
“Where then is my hope? Who will see my hope?” (Job 17:15) “He breaks me down on every side, and I am gone, and my hope has he pulled up like a tree.” (Job 19:10) “But when I hoped for good, evil came, and when I waited for light, darkness came.” (Job 30:26)
And it has been a blessing to put myself in a position of listening to sermons on Job, because I feel close to him.
And most days, I need wonderful reminders like these:
The LORD Himself goes before you and will be with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you.
Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.
GOD is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
The LORD is my strength and my shield, in Him my heart trusts, so I am helped, and my heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to Him.
My flesh and my heart may fail, but GOD is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.
Uphold me according to your promise, that I may live,and let me not be put to shame in my hope!
Surely there is a future,and your hope will not be cut off.
For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.
But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope:
The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases;
His mercies never come to an end,
they are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness.
“The LORD is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in Him.”
The LORD is good to those who wait for Him,to the soul who seeks Him.
1 Corinthians 1:25
For GOD’S foolishness is wiser than human wisdom, and GOD’S weakness is stronger than human strength.