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9 Verses About Hope

A few summers ago when I was living in Virginia, I jumped in a car with a couple of friends and set out to hike a mountain for the first time. I had no idea what I was getting myself into. It was exhilarating to finally reach the top. The view was breathtaking and it was inspiring to accomplish such a task. I remember thinking to myself, “If I can hike this mountain, I can do anything!” because hiking a mountain is no joke.

Over the past couple of years, it has felt like God has led me up one mountain after another. A chronic illness, 3 major moves, and grieving the loss of a close family member have been a few of the mountains we’ve climbed.

I don’t know about you, but after climbing a mountain I’m not usually signing up to climb three more that day. I’d rather catch my breath, sit in the hot tub, and take a nap, but that isn’t what God’s been doing. As we’ve reached the top of one mountain and the next one comes into view, God looks over with a big smile and says, “Come on, let’s go.” I usually respond with telling God that clearly He has lost His mind and He should find someone else because this is too much.

Hope? Does it even exist? Is it even possible to walk through hard circumstances that I can’t control and actually find hope in the midst of it?

A friend of mine once described hope to me using this acronym: “Holding On to Positive Expectation.” After each mountain, I want to be done climbing and go rest on a beach.  Hope is the expectation and trust that one day the beach will come. I can hold on to the positive expectation that God is alongside of me climbing each mountain and on the days when I feel like I can’t take another step, I can hold on to Him.

God never guarantees that life is going to be easy. In fact, Jesus tells us that it won’t be (John 16:33). BUT in the midst of the climbing, God is teaching me that He is the one I can hold on to and I can trust Him to lead me through.

He isn’t asking me to understand the reason for the mountains or scale them on my own, He asks that I simply follow Him and be willing to climb with Him.

Here are some verses on hope that have encouraged me while climbing:

“And so, Lord, where do I put my hope? My only hope is in you.” Psalm 39:7

“I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13

“You are my refuge and my shield; your word is my source of hope.” Psalm 119:114

“But those who trust [hope] in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.” Isaiah 40:31

“So be strong and courageous, all you who put your hope in the Lord.” Psalm 31:24

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

“Let all that I am wait quietly before God, for my hope is in him. He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress where I will not be shaken.” Psalm 62:5-6

“We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. And this hope will not lead to disappointment.” Romans 5:3-5a

“Why am I discouraged? Why is my heart so sad? I will put my hope in God!” Psalm 42:5

How is your hope tank doing today? Are you feeling full of hope? Do you feel like you are running on empty?

What is one thing you can take away and apply from these verses? 

Laura Smith serves at 95.1 SHINE-FM as Sales Coordinator. She's working her way towards an M.A. in Pastoral Counseling with a focus in Life Coaching at Liberty University, and she can polish off a pint of ice cream in one hour.