Sunday, November 27, 2011

Hope in Hard Times


Hope in hard times is our shield and strength. In hope we look to God, our ever-present hope in hard times. The truth is that in life there will be trouble, some small, some great, but God will hear us and help us. Even when I shake with fear and fight despair I know this to be true.

When I think on the Word of God, when I remind myself that God is faithful, I smile at the words "but God…" However, God is the light of hope and hope does not fail.
  • The blessing of the LORD brings wealth, and he adds no trouble to it. (Prov 10:22)
  • The LORD is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble. Those who know your name will trust in you, for you, LORD, have never forsaken those who seek you. (Psalm 9:9-10)
  • God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. (Psalm 46:1)
  • In the day of my trouble I will call to you, for you will answer me. (Psalm 86:7)
  • A righteous man may have many troubles, but the LORD delivers him from them all; (Psalm 34:19)

Hope

I hear the Lord, He calls to me,

"Believe Me one more day, 
I'm on your side, I'm in your heart, 
I won't turn you away.

Pick up the laughter, hold the joy, 
Embrace the dream, and stay. 
Grab hold the hope, protect your heart. 
For now I make the way. 
Like streams where none have been before, 
Like desert roses bloom, 
I am Creator, pure and good. 
The way will be clear soon."

Do not give up.