By David Soper
…the Scriptures give us hope and encouragement as we wait patiently for God’s promises to be fulfilled. Romans 15:4
When I was a young child my great grandparents passed away within a few months of each other. I remember asking my dad, who was raised by them, why Grandpa died so soon after Grandma. He told me that Grandpa just gave up hope after grandma died. He had nothing left to live for. The absence of hope is despair and death.
We can't survive without hope. Think about it - If we had no belief that any of our plans would materialize, if we thought our love would never be returned, if we were convinced that our work made absolutely no difference to anyone; we would not make plans, we would not give love, we would not work. What would be the point? Hope is as essential as air and water!
Waiting on God is hard, and it's easy to focus on our troubles and give up hope. But hope is real. Hope is a deep, abiding confidence that God is walking with us and that He will not let us slip through his fingers. Hope is a powerful, spiritual force that is activated through the scriptures. God has left us his word, and his word gives us hope.
Because of our faith, Christ has brought us into this place of undeserved privilege where we now stand, and we confidently and joyfully look forward to sharing God’s glory. Romans 5:2
And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. Romans 8:28
I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid. John 14:27
Without the encouragement of scriptures, the enemy will discourage us and our minds will start to despair, but the scriptures give us hope while we wait on God.