Ever feel like a tree that’s been uprooted? Does hope seem like a distant reality? Maybe the following verse describes you.
He tears me down on every side till I am gone; he uproots my hope like a tree (Job 19:10 NIV).
When Job was tested beyond imagination and found no relief for the loss of his children, his possessions, and his health, he felt like an uprooted tree whose hopes had been torn from him on every side. Like Job, maybe you, too, could use a little encouragement.
Through the years authors, poets, and leaders have tried to encourage us by defining and explaining hope:
Hope means expectancy when things are otherwise hopeless. – G. K Chesterton
We must accept finite disappointment, but we must never lose infinite hope. – Martin Luther King
Hope is faith holding out its hand in the dark. – from E. C. McKenzie, 14,000 Quips and Quotes, March 2000, Hendrickson Publishers
Hope is putting faith to work when doubting would be easier. – Ibid., E.C. McKenzie
Hope is the feather that perches in the soul and sings the tune without the words and never stops at all. – Emily Dickinson
Hope itself is like a star–not to be seen in the sunshine of prosperity, and only to be discovered in the night of adversity. – Charles H. Spurgeon
In spite of all that Job lost through his time of severe testing, he refused to abandon hope:
Though he slay me, yet I will hope in him. (Job 13:15, NIV)
Do You Need Hope Today?
Where are you today? Do you need hope? Are you looking for a promise from God to sustain you? If so, here are some encouraging Bible verses and promises that might help:
Encouraging Bible Verses and Promises:
The LORD delights in those who fear him, who put their hope in his unfailing love (Psalm 147:11 NIV).
We put our hope in the LORD. He is our help and our shield (Psalm 33:20 NLT).
Why am I discouraged ? Why is my heart so sad? I will put my hope in God! I will praise him again–my Savior and my God (Psalm 42:11 NLT).
I am counting on the LORD; yes, I am counting on him. I have put my hope in his word (Psalm 130:5 NLT).
“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the LORD. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope” (Jeremiah 29:11 NLT).
“And his name will be the hope of all the world” (Matthew 12:21, NLT).
And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has give us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love (Romans 5:5, NLT).
…to whom God willed to make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory (Colossians 1:27, NASB).
Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but when the desire is fulfilled, it is a tree of life (Proverbs 13:12, Amplified Bible).
Today I couldn’t stop with one encouraging Bible verse or promise from God’s Word. There are so many! His Word brings so much more comfort and encouragement than any words I could add. No matter what you face today, I pray these promises will encourage your heart and lift your spirits today.
My Prayer for You Today
“I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit” (Romans 15:13, NLT).
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