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INTRODUCTION

In a situation that seems to offer no clear solution like the pandemic we have just experienced, people become fearful. Uncertainty leaves us in darkness. We feel powerless.

HOPE

We need hope in crises. Hope gives us the strength to face any adversity. Yes, we need personal and societal solutions to medical, financial, economic, and public health problems. But it is hope within us that energizes us to relentlessly move toward solutions.

God is our hope. Our Lord is the God of hope. He has given us a treasure trove of promises in the Bible, so there would be hope for every life situation. We can live in hope when we cling to his words of promise, and to who God is and who he wants you to be.

The basis for our hope in God is his goodness and faithfulness in keeping his promises. Understanding the promises that God has given us in his Word helps to create an inner strength of hope. This Divine hope trusts God to give us his best even though we may not have any idea what that looks like.

The psalmist wrote: “I am up before dawn crying for help. I find hope in your word” (Psalm 119:147).

Instead of concentrating on the uncertainty of future possibilities, we focus our attention on God’s goodness, faithfulness, and incredible love for us. With that viewpoint, we trust him to work through the possibilities for our future, confidently believing that he is able and will bring about all that he desires for us.

“We put our hope in the LORD. He is our help and our shield. In him our hearts rejoice, for we trust in his holy name. Let your unfailing love surround us, LORD, for our hope is in you alone” (Psalm 33:20-22, NLT)

The Promise Maker

A promise is only as good as the character and capability of the promise maker. Think about who God is when you consider his promises to you.

God can do anything because he has limitless abilities. He is present everywhere, he sees everything and can intervene anywhere he wants. He knows everything, which means he has all the facts with which to make the right choices. And because he is all-powerful, he has the ability to accomplish whatever is necessary to fulfill those promises.

Ever-present, all-knowing, and all-powerful — those infinite abilities make it possible for God to be sovereign—in complete control of everything.

Fortunately, all those abilities reside within our God who is holy—and that means what he does will always be right and just. What he says is true and what he promises will be fulfilled.

The best news of all is that this amazing God cares about you. He is merciful and forgiving even when you disobey him. He is faithful to always look out for you and your best interests even though it might not appear that way at first. He is totally committed to your ultimate good and well-being. And he never changes!

“Let all that I am wait quietly before God, for my hope is in him” (Psalm 62:5, NLT)

“Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm, for God can be trusted to keep his promise” (Hebrews 10:23, NLT)

Our God specializes in doing the impossible for his children and he wants us to marvel as we watch him work in our lives.

Promises for Your Needs

There are hundreds of promises in the Bible that relate to the needs you might have. We have grouped some needs into the categories below. We will add more promise verses in the future. Go to the section that relates to your need and reflect on God’s promises for you.

Promises for Your Situation

What are the circumstances that most preoccupy your thinking?

Promises for Your Feelings

What emotions trouble you?

Promises for Your Relationships

What assurances do you need related to your relationship with God and family members?

Promises for Your Identity

How does God now see you in Christ and how does your self-image need to change?

Promises for Your Future

What is God saying about things ahead for you?

Promises about God’s Authority

What does God say about himself and the guarantee of his promises?

The Promise Keeper

God loves you and wants you to have a wonderful future. Fill your mind with his promises and your heart with the conviction of his faithfulness.

“For I know what I have planned for you,’ says the Lord. ‘I have plans to prosper you, not to harm you. I have plans to give you a future filled with hope" (Jeremiah 29:11)

“You are my hiding place and my shield. I find hope in your word” (Psalm 119:114)

“I wait for the LORD, my whole being waits, and in his word I put my hope” (Psalm 130:5, NIV)

“Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; 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” (saiah 40:28-31, NIV)

“So do not throw away your confidence, because it has great reward. For you need endurance in order to do God’s will and so receive what is promised” (Hebrews 10:35-36)

“Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you believe in him, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit” (Romans 15:13 NIV)

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