Keeping Hope Alive

Hope is a very importing feeling to have as a person.  If you have no hope you wake up in the morning without and sense of purpose or direction.  Sometimes through situations our hope may feel as if it is diminishing but it’s at those times when we really need to hold on to God’s promises.  Everyone needs to be reminded from time to time of the hope that Jesus and his Word offer to us in our daily lives. Click below to listen to this weeks episode.

I would have despaired unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord In the land of the living. – Psalms 27:13

David was confident that God would see him through his current situation. He hoped in God’s deliverance. Pray this verse for yourself and remain confident.

For You are my hope; O Lord God, You are my confidence from my youth. By You I have been sustained from my birth; You are He who took me from my mother’s womb; My praise is continually of You. – Psalms 71:5-6

When others disappoint and threaten us, we feel empty as though the trust for that person has been lost. During those moments we should read this Psalms and ask God to come to our side. He has been with us our entire lives and we can put our hope in him to come through when people disappoint us.

Hope deferred makes the heart sick, But desire fulfilled is a tree of life. – Proverbs 13:12

It does no good to you to have a legitimate desire withheld from you. But when it is received then your heart will be relieved. Pray that God will give you the desires of your heart that are in line with Gods will.

Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my body also will rest secure, – Psalms 16:9

This entire chapter gives a lot of hope. David reminded himself in Gods steadfast faithfulness because he knew that Gods presence was with him.

Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said,“Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.” So we say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?” – Hebrews 13:5-6

This verse started to talk about your character, being content and not loving money. Then it moves to say that He will never leave or forsake you. Remember that it is God who sustains you and you should put your hope in Him more so than your money.

Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. – Psalms 23:4

You may be going through a tough time now but be reminded by this Psalms that you are “going through it”. You are not going to stay in it. This Psalms is saying that God is there with you helping you make it to the other side. And you need to help the hope that God will see you through because he’s faithful.

That day when evening came, he said to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side.” Leaving the crowd behind, they took him along, just as he was, in the boat. There were also other boats with him. A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped. Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?” – Mark 4:35-38

I start with verse 35 which Jesus says that we are going over to the other side. Then a fierce storm comes up and the disciples thought they were going to die. But Jesus was sleeping. When we have to remember when we are going through rough times in life is that as long as Jesus is with us we can hope in him to make it out of our current storm.

For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have? But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently. – Romans 8:24-25

It is natural for children to trust their parents, even though parents fail to keep their promises. Our Heavenly Father never makes promises he won’t keep. Now, his plan may take more time than we expect but rather than acting like impatient children we should place our confidence in God’s goodness and wisdom as we wait.