Courage in Hope

Having hope will give you courage. You will be protected and rest in safety. You will lie down unafraid, and many will look to you for help. – (Job 11:18-19, NLT)

You will feel safe because there is hope. God will protect you and give you rest. You will lie down without fear of anyone. Many people will come to you for help. – (Job 11:18-19, ERV)

 

Where there is hope, there is far less reason to fear. Hope in Christ provides assurance that though things may not be blissful right now, we know that our eternity is certain and secure in Him. Whatever is directly before us, is temporary, and the promised hope that lies ahead is eternal. Courage comes when we know that there is an end in sight and that we are not alone in what we face. God is for us, and He is with us – so we need not be afraid. As we walk forward in courage, others too will see the strength and hope that comes from Him, and will look to us to discover why we have hope when things seem hopeless. May we hold fast to the hope that we know in Christ, for He is our safety and comfort. Let fear be far from us, and may we be a source of comfort and encouragement for those around us.

 

All hope in the Lord,Far Better to Finish

Where courage comes from;

Our space of safety,

’til our days are done.

As we each lie down,

We shan’t be afraid;

For He is our help,

And clear our path’s made.

As we choose to trust,

Others will too see;

What Christ’s done for us,

How His strength sets free.

 

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that hope in You grants us courage, protection and rest in the safety of Your promises. Thank You that we can lie down unafraid, for You are our place of strength and peace. Thank You that as we trust in You, others too will see what You have placed within us. Forgive us for our fearfulness, and teach us to trust You more. Show us how to look to You, no matter what we see in the here and now, as what is now is temporary, and what we have in You is eternal. Help us to love others in such a way, that they may see the hope that is found in You alone. May many come into a lasting relationship with You. Be glorified O God, as we hope in You, and trust You to be our safety and space of rest. Amen.

© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present

Because of the tender mercy of our God, …the rising sun will come to us from heaven. – Luke 1:78

With Forever in Mind

That is what the Scriptures mean when they say, “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, and no mind has imagined what God has prepared for those who love Him.” – (1 Corinthians 2:9, NLT)

But this is precisely what is written: God has prepared things for those who love Him that no eye has seen, or ear has heard, or that haven’t crossed the mind of any human being. – (1 Corinthians 2:9, CEB)

 

There is such hope for those who place their trust in Christ. Not only do we have His presence through His Holy Spirit now, but we have the promise of eternity in a space of such majesty, that our minds and hearts cannot even conceive all that our future glory holds. To be in God’s very presence, unashamed and unafraid – welcomed with open arms… Imagine the peace and rest in that glorious space of God’s tangible grace. We get but a glimpse on earth, of all that is yet to come. When we imagine the people and places that we love the most, they are but a foretaste of all that is yet to come. God is so much more. May we embrace the grace that our God freely gives, and love Him and others as we are loved.

 

In each of our hearts,

God places a piece;Believe Instead of Striving

a longing to know,

love that does not cease.

Eternity’s set,

somewhere deep within;

that creates longing,

to be called Christ’s kin.

The glorious truth,

is that when we come;

and trust in the Lord,

we‘re daughters and sons.

What once was a hole,

is filled with His grace;

hope in forever,

where we’ll see His face.

 

Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that there is a glorious future that we cannot even begin to conceive for those who love You. Thank You that You receive us as we seek You, and You give us Your Spirit to follow after You. Forgive us for not upholding an eternal perspective when struggles come in the here and now. Teach us to trust You more, so that we would see all things through Your lens, remembering that this is not our home, but rather our space for a season to love You and love those around us with all that we are. Show us how to love as we are loved by You. Be glorified O God, as we operate with an eternal perspective. Amen.

© Shannon Elizabeth Moreno and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present.

As you know, we consider blessed those who have persevered. – James 5:11