By Roger AKA “Boone”

            A “spot on” phrase of words—when hope’s needed—deeply moves the heart.

Words of hope frequently come from unexpected sources. Take sacred books of writing for example. Writers who get their inspiration from sacred books sometimes aim for the “bull’s eye” of providing hope, or good news to their readers.

Even a person of the highest character occasionally fails to keep a promise they make or fail to deliver on a claim they stand behind.

Since the God of the Bible cannot lie, according to the writers of various New Testament books, the promises found in the Bible are money in the bank so to speak regarding the right word—at the right time.

Hope means “a feeling that something desirable is likely to happen,” or “a chance that something desirable will happen or be possible.”

The Biblical God: The author of hope

Psalms is a popular book of the Bible regarding hoping for better futures, encouragement during trying times, and comfort during life’s tragedies. Psalm 130:5 [All passages are taken from the Amplified Bible unless otherwise noted.] uses the phrase “in his word do I HOPE.”

“There is surely a future HOPE for you, and your hope will not be cut off,” states Proverbs 23:18 of the new International Version.

Consider a few of the numerous other Bible phrases including the word “hope.”

“…you shall be secure and feel confident because there is HOPE…” Job 11:18

“How can one HOPE for what he already sees?” Romans 8:24

“The HOPE of [realizing the] glory.” Colossians 1:27

“…your good name my HOPE…” Psalm 52:9, Message Bible

“I wait for the Lord, I expectantly wait, and in His word do I HOPE.” Psalm 130:5

HOPE in the Lord! For with the Lord, there is mercy and loving-kindness, and with Him is plenteous redemption.” Psalm 130:7

  

Generalized phrases regarding hope or comfort

The word “comfort,” which means something that provides relief, closely relates to the word “hope.” The Bible is full of words that bring not only hope but also encouragement and comfort.

“God is ready to give blessings to all,” according to Luke 4:19 in the Living Bible, “who come to him.”

Writers and counselors normally avoid words like “all” and “every.” This blanket promise includes anyone calling them self an agnostic or an atheist. It includes people from numerous different world religions, as well as “believers” who read, study, and meditate on Bible phrases.

Consider some other passages about hope, from the God of the Bible:

He’s a God “Who redeems your life from the pit and corruption, Who beautifies, dignifies, and crowns you with loving-kindness and tender mercy; Who satisfies your mouth [your necessity and desire at your personal age and situation] with good…” Psalm 103:4-5.

These are such unforgettable phrases of hope, encouragement, and comfort: God redeems people from the pits and corruptions of life. God beautifies people whose beauty is tarnished in the eyes of others. God dignifies people who’ve temporarily lost their dignity. God crowns people who seek him with loving-kindness and tender mercy. God satisfies not only necessities but also desires—at whatever age or situation you’re in.

“He will regard the pleas of the destitute,” according to Psalm 102:17, “and will not despise their prayer.”

Second Corinthians 3:5 proclaims that “power and ability and sufficiency are from God.”

“I am your Shield, your abundant compensation, and your reward shall be exceedingly great,” God promises in Genesis 15:13.

The Bible often is a source of comfort during times of crisis. Psalm 9:9 uses the phrase “a refuge and a stronghold in times of trouble (high cost, destitution, and desperation).”

The word (the original description of what’s now known in its 66 book collection, and written by numerous authors over a period of more than 100 years, as the Bible) is “full of grace (favor, loving-kindness) and truth,” according to John 1:16.

The God of the Bible “does not forget the cry of the afflicted (the poor and the humble),” according to Psalm 9:12.

With the help of the God of the Bible, it’s possible to “recover cheerfulness and know gladness” Psalm 39:13.

“The Lord is gracious, merciful, and full of loving compassion,” according to Psalm 111:5.

People are “approved and acceptable” just as they are according to Second Corinthians 5:21 merely, “by his goodness.”

“He hushes the storm” you’re going through according to Psalm 107:29, “to a calm and to a gentle whisper.”

“He soothes,” promises Psalm 65:7 in The Word: The Bible from 26 Translations, “turbulent humanity.”

He’s also “father of the fatherless…gives the desolate a home” and “leads the prisoners out to prosperity,” according to Psalm 68:5-6.

“He will regard the pleas of the destitute,” according to Psalm 102:17, “and will not despise their prayer.”

He “came to proclaim prosperity” and “the news of deliverance” Isaiah 52:7, The Word: the Bible from 26 Translations

“He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds [curing their pains and their sorrows].” Psalm 147:2-3

“He has bestowed on us His precious and exceedingly great promises” according to Second Peter 1:4, and his followers have “become sharers (partakers) of the divine nature.”

“How precious is Your steadfast love, O God…with You is the fountain of life; in Your light do we see light,” affirms Psalm 36:7, 9.

That’s the God of the Bible. Have you gotten to know him personally?

In closing, ponder this prayer of promise in Romans 15:13: “May the God of your hope so fill you will all joy and peace in believing [through the experience of your faith] that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound and be overflowing (bubbling over) with HOPE.”

According to this passage, the God of the Bible offers “all joy,” “peace in believing,” “the power of the Holy Spirit,” and an “overflowing (bubbling over) with hope.” Now that’s a powerful promise to put your hope on!

“Boone,” a Bible inspired writer

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