My thoughts for today are simple. They are not even really my thoughts… not MY words, but the words of our great God, the provider of great hope.
While these passages may not specifically say “hope” in them, as I heard them read at a funeral today, hope was definitely proclaimed.
“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.” Psalm 46:1
The God of the Universe. The Creator of the World. The sustainer of the world… present… always with us. I call that… HOPE.
“If God is for us, who can be against us? … Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? … No… for I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:31, 35, 38-39
Nothing. ABSOLUTELY NOTHING… not even death can separate us from God’s love…. I call that… HOPE.
An all-powerful God who never leaves and who loves us no matter what!!! … What a beautiful picture of hope!