Saturday, August 29, 2009

blessed hope

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 (emphasis mine)

more than optimism, more than positive thinking, more than wishful thinking, more than a dream

hope that will not disappoint, hope that will not put us to shame, hope that will overflow

The online Bible I read found 166 verses containing the word hope.  

hope on the living God, hope of eternal life, hope on the grace that will be brought to you, hope of righteousness, hope laid up for you in Heaven, hope of salvation, hope of the glory of God, hope for your future, 
hope of steadfast love

Hope that will not put us to shame.

Resting in the God of hope tonight. Though my circumstances disappoint and confuse me, though my feelings mislead me, our hope remains constant. 
Because our God is constant. Because we have his Spirit in us. 
Because of Jesus.


Tonya said...

What would we do without hope?

Love and miss you,

Ruth said...

Thanks, Ebe - I needed that.

Laurie said...

We gave our daughter the middle name Hope for all these reasons and for the blessed assurance of holding out for God's timing.

Ashley said...

Thank you so much Ebe! I really needed that reminder today..

Traci said...

I think we all need that reminder! Thank you Ebe.....Love you!

Rebecca said...

Yes, yes. Oh, yes. Not hope in circumstances, but hope in the Hope Giver. To Whom else would we go?


Chris said...

Amen, Ebe! Praise the God of Hope.

House of Collinsworth said...

Funny that you wrote about hope...have you been reading the blog (in)courage? They just asked the readers to write about hope. You should put a link to this entry on their blog here...