I have started a list for verses of hope, a place to turn to in times of need.
This is surely a time when we need hope. I want to share some of my favorites with you.
2 Corinthians 4:7-9
We now have this light shining in our hearts, but we ourselves are like fragile clay jars containing this great treasure. This makes it clear that our great power is from God, not from ourselves. We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed. We are perplexed, but not driven to despair. We are hunted down, but never abandoned by God. We get knocked down, but we are not destroyed.
I love the Lord because he hears my voice and my prayer for mercy. Because he bends down to listen, I will pray as long as I have breath!
This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
“For I am the Lord, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, ‘Do not fear, I will help you.’”
1 Peter 5:7
Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.
Hebrews 4: 16
Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.
Psalm 103: 13
As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him;
Our challenge as Christians is to take our fears and troubles to God, let his promises seep into us, then share our hope with those around us.
A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit saps a person’s strength.
Worry weighs a person down; an encouraging word cheers a person up.
So do not throw away this confident trust in the Lord. Remember the great reward it brings you! Patient endurance is what you need now, so that you will continue to do God’s will. Then you will receive all that he has promised.
“Call on me, and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.”
Praise the Lord; praise God our savior! For each day he carries us in his arms.
Father, help me grasp the hope you offer, and help me make it believable to others.
Remember your word to your servant, for you have given me hope.