How Hope In God’s Word Can Change You

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Sometimes when I first wake up and I haven’t moved yet, I become aware that I am actually pain free. I mentally go over my whole body; just to double check. Then I just lay there and experience the feeling. I don’t want to get up; I don’t want to move and break the moment, since I know what will happen. The pain will return.

So I stay in that position for a few minutes and think of how it would be, to be able to roll out of bed fully rested; muscle and joints nice and limber, no swelling and most of all…no pain. Someday it will be that way; but not now, not today. So I sigh and slowly begin to get myself out of bed and begin my day. Someday it will be different.

The book of Psalms is one of my favorites and chapter 119 has many verses that I love. The God-breathed words of the whole bible are meant to be life-giving/life-saving words. They are meant to give us hope as we live our lives; keeping us thinking of and looking towards our future with Him.

After reading the bible over and over again through the years, you develop favorites. Favorite books, favorite chapters and favorite verses. These we read and re-read; some so much that we have them memorized, which is great. God wants us to be enthused by His word.

Remember the word to Your servant,
Upon which You have caused me to hope.
This is my comfort in my affliction,
For Your word has given
me life.

Psalm 119:49-50

God’s word not only shows us the way to salvation, which promises us eternal life with Him; it gives us comfort and strength for our life now. He loves us and cares about how we feel on a day to day basis. He doesn’t tell us to ‘deal with it’ in this life since eternity will be better. No, thank goodness He helps ease our pain, find answers to our problems and yes, turns our hearts toward Him.

Those who fear You will be glad when they seeme, because I have hoped in Your word.
I know, O Lord, that Your judgments are right, and that in faithfulness You have afflicted me.

Psalm 119:74-76

His will for our lives isn’t always easy to understand; especially when dealing with illness and disease. He has the ability to heal each one of us; but in His perfect plan, sometimes chooses not to. Yet He has a purpose for it. Whether it is for us to learn something or to be an example of faith for someone else; we can be assured He always has our best in mind. We also know that He is always with us through whatever we face.

Unless Your law had been my delight,

I would then have perished in my affliction.
I will never forget Your precepts,

for by them You have given me life.

Psalm 119:92-93

Developing a love for His word takes time and effort. Through reading it, our love for Him grows also. The more we come to know Him, the more we will love His word and it will overflow into our lives; giving us the strength for each day.

Uphold me according to Your word, that I may live; and do not let me be ashamed of my hope.
Hold me up, and I shall be safe, and I shall observe Your statutes continually.

Psalm 119:116-117

I know that I couldn’t face a day without knowing that I could count on God’s help. My hope is in His word and what it says. He has proven Himself faithful. Like the verse above I don’t have to be ashamed of my hope because it has been proven true over and over.

But my heart stands in awe of Your word. I rejoice at Your word
As one who finds great treasure.

Psalm 119:161-162

Believing that the bible is God’s inspired word to us, can give you the hope you need to go on; to trust what it says each and every day. It can make such a difference in your life every day! His word is life, and I wouldn’t want to live without it.

Until next time, God bless.

~Brenda

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