It’s been said that you can live 40 days without food; three days without water; just a few minutes without air but only a few seconds without hope.

Hope is that renewable resource that’s always calling out to you in your ears or maybe just as a thought inside your head. “Things are looking up.” “I believe our team’s gonna win it all this year!” “You’ve lost 13 pounds. That diet seems to be working for you.” “I’ve gotten at ‘A’ on my last two math quizzes. Maybe I can learn this stuff.”

Hope is the “secret sauce” that makes life taste better. Wouldn’t you agree?

Hope is often found in extra measure at the beginning of each new year as we set goals hopeful of their achievement. Inspired by a fresh resolve, we become more confident expecting that life is about to get just a little bit sweeter.

All that said, I believe there’s a better hope than one inspired by the resolutions of a new year. One that you can absolutely count on come what may, because it’s a hope not dependent on our imperfect ability to achieve but rather on God’s perfect ability and complete willingness to deliver on his promises. It’s really the only kind of hope that you can truly count on. In the Bible, hope is the confident expectation of what God has promised and its strength is in His faithfulness. And there are many promises that anchor our souls to peace and joy.

Here are a few verses that you can “take to the bank”:

Psalm 46:1-3 God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging.

Proverbs 18:10 The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous run into it and are safe.

Nehemiah 8:10 Do not grieve, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.

Isaiah 41:10 So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

Exodus 15:2 The Lord is my strength and my song; he has given me victory. This is my God, and I will praise him—  my father’s God, and I will exalt him!

1 Peter 5:10 And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.

Philippians 1:6  being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.

Got real hope? Sure you do. Take a good look…and smile!

Something to think about.

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