The Word of God describes hope as the substance of things hoped for. Hebrews 11:1 describes faith as the substance of things hoped for. Psalm 37:4 declares that we can put our hope in God. Jeremiah 17:7 states that the blessed man is one who trusts in the LORD. He is a reassurance and source of strength. Read these verses and more to find hope.
Jeremiah 17:7 – Blessed is the man that trusteth in the LORD
The prophet Jeremiah was familiar with the sin and unfaithfulness of the nation of Israel. He knew that man’s heart is deceitful, and his faith in the LORD can be shaken. In this nation, Jeremiah was seeking healing from God, despite the fact that there were many people in the land who had turned from the Lord.
Hebrews 11:1 – God is a refuge to the people of Israel
The writer of Hebrews uses several examples of how faith is important, drawing from both the Old Testament and the Maccabaean period. These stories highlight how faith is a necessity for pleasing God. As a result, it’s impossible to please God without faith. The writer of Hebrews also draws from the Maccabaean period to remind Christians of the terrible times of that time, when the Jews nearly abandoned their faith and their king was exiled.
First, the writer of Hebrews makes the case for faith as an act of faith. God can’t lie. His promises are utterly astounding. That’s why the Jews taught their teachers never to break promises. In contrast, God can’t lie, and so his promises are not only believable, but also true. This is the key to understanding Hebrews 11:1 – God is a refuge to the people of Israel.
Psalm 37:4 – God is a reassurance
This verse from the Psalms is a common one, found in sermons, artwork, and passing conversation. It means that God will grant you the desires of your heart. It reassures us that God is in control of our lives and will not let us down. If we trust God with our lives, we will not worry about the circumstances of this world. Despite what our circumstances might look like, God will never fail us.
We have all experienced the afflictions of life, but we never have to feel helpless. God is a reassurance and an ally when we are in need. His judgments sweep away the wicked and they become despicable. God will deliver them from their suffering and they will realize that their happiness was fleeting. As they stand before the judgments of God, we can rest assured that we are not alone.
Romans 15:4 – God is a source of strength
In this passage, the author of Romans refers to God as the Father. While this can be interpreted as “God, the Father of Jesus Christ,” the Greek construction also offers an instance of the Granville Sharp Rule, which says that a noun must refer to “the Father” in the context of the verse. Accordingly, God is properly referred to as “God, even the Father.”
One example of this is the story of a man who went on a journey through the desert and picked up some pebbles. When he returned, he discovered that he had found a collection of precious stones. At that moment, he was both glad and sorry for his mistake. Similarly, a Christian named William Wilberforce, who was persecuted by abolitionists in the late 1700s, found his life redeemed by studying God’s Word. For more information, please visit us at scripture of the day