“In his name the nations will put their hope.” — Matthew 12:21 (NIV84) We continue our study on hope with that word’s first — and only — occurrence in the Gospel of Matthew. Believe it or not, Matthew’s only use of the word hope is a quotation of Isaiah 42. We are faced with a very…

“But as for me, I watch in hope for the Lord, I wait for God my Savior; my God will hear me.” — Micah 7:7 (NIV84) There are times when the choices of how to face something are few. Sometimes the choices boil down to two. Despair and hope. I know it must seem strange to…

“Do any of the worthless idols of the nations bring rain? Do the skies themselves send down showers? No, it is you, O Lord our God. Therefore our hope is in you, for you are the one who does all this.” — Jeremiah 14:22 (NIV84) Where we place our hope makes a difference! To many of…

“‘For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’” — Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV84) This is my wife’s favorite verse, and for good reason. This verse provides the crystal clear reason why we hope in God over…

“but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” — Isaiah 40:31 (NIV84) Here is one of the most popular verses in the Bible. What wonderful imagery is attached to this promise of…

“He will not falter or be discouraged till he establishes justice on earth. In his law the islands will put their hope.” — Isaiah 42:4 (NIV84) So, how certain can our hope be? In the States we tend to interchange the two concepts, hope and wish. For most Americans, to hope that God will respond to…

“Know also that wisdom is sweet to your soul; if you find it, there is a future hope for you, and your hope will not be cut off.” — Proverbs 24:14 (NIV84) What a contrast between the psalmist’s use of the word “hope” and Solomon’s use in the book of Proverbs. What I mean is that…

“The Lord delights in those who fear him, who put their hope in his unfailing love.” — Psalm 147:11 (NIV84) Throughout Psalm we see the connectedness of hope with God’s unfailing love. We hope in the Lord because He promises not to fail us. He promises that all things will work to the good. He promises…

“I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his word I put my hope. My soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen wait for the morning, more than watchmen wait for the morning. O Israel, put your hope in the Lord, for with the Lord is unfailing love and with him is…

“But the eyes of the Lord are on those who fear him, on those whose hope is in his unfailing love, to deliver them from death and keep them alive in famine. We wait in hope for the Lord; he is our help and our shield. In him our hearts rejoice, for we trust in…

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