“Many things are possible for the person who has hope. Even more is possible for the person who has faith. And still more is possible for the person who knows how to love. But everything is possible for the person who practices all three virtues.”
“And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.”
“The hope that God has provided for you is not merely a wish. Neither is it dependent on other people, possessions, or circumstances for its validity. Instead, biblical hope is an application of your faith that supplies a confident expectation in God’s fulfillment of His promises. Coupled with faith and love, hope is part of the abiding characteristics in a believer’s life.”
John C. Broger
“Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.”
“Know therefore that the Lord your God is God; he is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commandments.”
In my Bible read through I’ve just finished Lamentations. It was a terrible time for Israel, because they were receiving punishment for their continued disobedience. I struggle with reading about destruction of Jerusalem and the horrible fates of the people. But this time, three things about our Lord became clearer to me than ever before. They’re helping me keep the right perspective as I read:
God’s Righteousness is clearly shown in all the evidence He presents to the nation through His prophets. Their lack of love for Him is more apparent with every heartsick accusation He makes. Sin like that cannot go unpunished.
God’s Love shines through even the most awful prophecies over Israel. Sprinkled through Isaiah and Jeremiah’s books are comforting reassurances that God is not letting go of them. He cannot totally forsake His own.
God’s Faithfulness comes out in the midst of harshest words. Like the eye of a storm, God provides the prophets with hopeful visions of a future time when He will restore Israel and Judah. He longingly looks forward to that day.
I want to glimpses of God’s heart inspire me in my daily worship. What’s the best way to respond to that faithful love I already have from Him?
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“After a hard day scrambling to find your way around in the world, it’s assuring to come home to a place you know. God can be equally familiar to you. With time you can learn where to go for nourishment, where to hide for protection , where to turn for guidance. Just as your earthly house is a place of refuge, so God’s house is a place of peace.”
“Better is one day in your courts than a thousand elsewhere; I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of the wicked. For the LORD God is a sun and shield; the LORD bestows favor and honor; no good thing does he withhold from those whose walk is blameless. O LORD Almighty, blessed is the man who trusts in you.”