Tuesday, February 23, 2016
Verses that inspire
Are you running low on hope?
If we have an imaginary gas tank that is filled with hope, sometimes we can get mighty low . . even seem like we're "on empty."
The Word of God gives us hope, and strengthens the hope that we already have. And not just the New Testament, either:
Whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction,
that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures
we might have hope. (Romans 15:4)
God had a purpose in mind, and the Bible was written with a divine desire to give us hope.
And as many years as we've been Christians, we cannot begin to know all there is to know from His Word. Our experiences in life are very few compared to the wisdom of God. Sometimes what we receive from the Bible when we study is not the fulfillment of our dream. Sometimes it is the disappearance of that failed dream, replaced with the peace and glory of Jesus, our Savior.
The path of joy might not always be clearly marked. But if we study His Word, the verses we study can take us there.
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)
For you shall out out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and
the hills before you shall break forth into singing, and all the trees of the
field shall clap their hands. (Isaiah 55:12)
These verses on hope and joy inspired me this week . . . will you share a verse (or two or three!) that have meant a great deal to you recently?