Flashback Friday: To Hope Is To Live

I have been recently reminded and subsequently blessed by some of the truths and promises in the Word highlighted to me during our trial with Bill, which I plan to begin sharing with you (hopefully regularly) on Fridays. Actually, I have meditated on them often since he passed last year. They are just as true today as they were 2 years ago… 2000+ years ago, actually.

No matter what happens to me, to us, God’s Word stands. The day I bow to anything less is the day I die.

My daughter’s encouraging word above puts it another way:

“To hope is to live.”

I am praising God for her words today for so many reasons. But most of all, I am praising Him for His. Not one will return void.

Now the serpent was more crafty than any other beast of the field that the LORD God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God actually say, ‘You shall not eat of any tree in the garden’?”

(Genesis 3:1 ESV)

For the word of the Lord holds true, and we can trust everything he does.

(Psalm 33:4 NLT)

“For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven, And do not return there without watering the earth And making it bear and sprout, And furnishing seed to the sower and bread to the eater; So will My word be which goes forth from My mouth; It will not return to Me empty, Without accomplishing what I desire, And without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it.

(Isaiah 55:10-11 NASB)

“I know that You can do all things, And that no purpose of Yours can be thwarted.

(Job 42:2 NASB)

We give great honor to those who endure under suffering. For instance, you know about Job, a man of great endurance. You can see how the Lord was kind to him at the end, for the Lord is full of tenderness and mercy.

(James 5:11 NLT)

“‘I know your works. Behold, I have set before you an open door, which no one is able to shut. I know that you have but little power, and yet you have kept my word and have not denied my name… I am coming soon. Hold fast what you have, so that no one may seize your crown.

(Revelation 3:8, 11 ESV)

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