With us moving and all, I wanted to make sure I didn’t miss a Thankful Thursdays post this week. Hopefully, I’ll be back sharing more about the names of our Lord next Thursday. Today I want to share with you 7 Verses That Speak Hope and Encouragement.
7 Verses That Speak Hope and Encouragement
I don’t know about you, but I am so thankful I don’t have to be consumed by all of my mistakes and bad choices. I’ve made quite a few in my 45 years, but the mercy God gives puts out the fire I started.
It is of the LORD’S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness. The LORD is my portion...therefore will I hope in him.
The Lord is good to us, even when we don’t wait on Him and His perfect timing. When we put the cart before the horse, it may seem like a good idea at the time, but have you considered just what this means? The cart is going nowhere! The only way the cart will move is by being behind the one who can pull it. No matter how long it takes for the Lord to work something out, wait patiently for Him.
The LORD is good until them that wait for him, to the soul that seeketh him. It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the LORD.
When I taught school, I had my share of waiting on the Lord with several students and their parents. I was even told not to pray for patience because the Lord will make sure I learned how to be patient through a student. With those precious kids, I learned patience. I learned to trust the Lord and praise Him while waiting for Him to work.
But I will hope continually and will yet praise thee more and more.
When we put our confidence and trust in the Lord, it grows and shows in our lives even during times of testing. Just like a tree planted near water, the roots grow towards the water and they grow stronger. The tree becomes a beautiful creation and when a season of drought hits, those roots will still be able to drink in the water.
Blessed is the man that trusteth in the LORD, and whose hope the Lord is. For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green, and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit.
I’m thankful for the complete encouragement I get from the Lord when I call on Him. Never has He shook me and rattled my brain while scolding me because of fear. He’s holding my hand through every step I take.
For I the LORD thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee.
Abounding in hope, I can't claim this because I get discouraged and I even question God. A sweet older pastor’s wife once told me it is okay to question God as long as we are being respectful and honoring Him. It’s natural for us to ask questions like why and how. You know, if we pray for the joy and peace, God will give it. He wants our lives to be a spring of joy and peace running over.
Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.
I love what Warren Wiersbe says about what we’re living our life for.
“If life is short and goes past so swiftly,” asks David, “what am I waiting for? If the world is nothing but a shadow image, let me give myself to the Lord, who is the foundation of all that is real and lasting.” Today we would say, “The reality is … found in Christ” The main concern is not how long we live but how we live. Life is measured, not by how rich we are in material wealth, but whether we have values that last. Are we living with eternity’s values in view?”
And now, Lord, what wait I for? my hope is in thee.
These are just seven of the many verses that bring me hope and encouragement. Did I share any of your favorites?
>>We made it to my parents' house early Monday morning. Thank you for your prayers, our trip was uneventful. My husband has a job interview this morning (Thursday) and another on Monday afternoon. Our internet is limited, all these wonderful links will be visited, commented on, and shared just as soon as I can. <<<