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Choose to Hope and Believe

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Choose to hope and believeLife can be demanding. The world can be harsh. Yet I hope you choose to hope and believe no matter what. The last word is God’s. And that word is good for all who choose to hope and believe in Jesus.

Hoping against hope, Abraham believed…(Romans 4:18, NRSV) Likewise we are invited to believe even when things look sad, bad or otherwise discouraging. Our hope is not in perishable things. Our hope is not set in philosophies or positive or  wishful thinking. Our hope is set on the living God. And that changes everything.

For to this end we toil and struggle, because we have our hope set on the living God, who is the Savior of all people, especially of those who believe. (1 Timothy 4:10, NRSV)

Because our God is alive and working on our behalf, we choose to hope and believe no matter how bleak our circumstances look. We choose to hope and believe, because the last word is God’s. We choose to hope and believe, because there are better things ahead.

And when we choose to hope and believe, something shifts in our hearts. When we choose to hope and believe, God can enter into our circumstances and start renovation. When we choose to hope and believe, we experience God’s loving presence right then and there.

Even if you feel that you’re at the end of your rope, don’t give up. Choose to hope and believe instead. This is not the end, this is just a struggle along the way. God is with you and he has a plan for you.

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, NIV)

Choose to hope and believe in the living God. It’s more than worth it.

 

Gracious God,
Thank you for inviting us to hope and believe in you.
Thank you for keeping all your promises.
Thank you for giving us hope upon hope.
We choose to hope and believe in you.
We receive all your gifts with thankful hearts.
Thank you for giving us hope and a future.
In Jesus’ name,
Amen

Q4U: Do you choose to hope and believe?

Be blessed, my fellow pilgrim, as you daily choose to hope and believe!

Photo courtesy of Chad Runge, design by Mari-Anna Stålnacke. This post is refurbished from 2011. Linking up today with Looking up, Sharing His Beauty, Small Wonders.

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4 Comments

  1. Thanks for providing such a bright spot today, Mari-Anna. Yes, hoping and believing is our choice! Grateful to have the opportunity to do both. Have a blessed week.

  2. Joining with you in that ending prayer. A thankful heart full of hope makes all the difference in how I view my day.
    Blessings!

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