5th January 2011

Choose Hope

“For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope.”
Romans 15:4 (KJV)

Depression is one of the most common problems people have today. The choice we all ultimately face is—hope or despair! Psalm 42 says twice, “Why am I discouraged? Why is my heart so sad? I will put my hope in God! I will praise Him again—my Saviour and my God.” (Psalm 42:5, 11 NLT). 

So when you feel depressed meditate on God’s goodness and His promises. The writer of Psalm 119 says to God, “remember your promise to me; it is my only hope…I have put my hope in your word.” (Verses 49, 74 NLT).

Our citizenship is in heaven. God has set eternity in our hearts (Ecclesiastes 3:11 NLT).  Today most people don’t really have a hope of heaven, but because of Christ’s resurrection, all the world can have “hope which is laid up for you in heaven” (Colossians 1:5).  “…the Scriptures give us hope and encouragement as we wait patiently for God’s promises to be fulfilled.” (Romans 15:4 NLT).

Paul tells Timothy, “This is why we work hard and continue to struggle, for our hope is in the living God, who is the Saviour of all people and particularly of all believers” (1 Timothy 4:10 NLT).

Titus 2:13-14 tells us we should look for “…that blessed hope and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.”

The KJV calls God “the God of hope” (Romans 15:13) and the NLT says:  “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.”

“…those who hope in the Lord…will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint” (Isaiah 40:31 NIV).

Thank you so much, Father, for the assurance of your word, which shows us that there are better things ahead. Please help us never to lose hope in what you have promised us.

Study by Jill Newman 

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