I know that we as believers live in expectation of Jesus returning for those who believe in Him. 

I’m holding on to that hope with everything in me. 

This is something that someone who doesn’t believe would not understand.  

Until we have experienced the relationship that Jesus wants to have with us it sounds odd and someone who doesn’t believe may see this as crazy. 

In a way, I can understand that.  

I don’t always understand what other’s believe. 

But it’s not for me to tell them that it’s wrong. 

I can only offer what I know and what I’ve experienced. I leave everything else to God. 

But, I want to talk to Christians who are struggling with having hope, in this hurting season. 

Those who are saying, “Yes, He’s coming back for me, but how do I get through in the meantime?” those are the people I’m hoping to reach.

My goal is to encourage those who are in need of encouragement. 

I believe through this study there are some things God wants us to know.

#1 God has a Plan

Let’s be honest, life right now may not look that great. 

If we focus on all that going on around us, there could be a reason to give up hope.

Some people may think that God is no longer on the throne. 

I want to tell you that He is and the good news is that He always has a plan.

I can’t tell you when He will work out that plan, but I’ve learned that He will always work out everything for the good of those who love HIM.

I want to encourage you today to seek Him and find hope in Him. 

He is the only place we can find hope and because of His plan for us we can have hope.

#2 God is faithful – Hold on to that

There were times when I thought God had forgotten about me.

But when I finally turned to Him and chose to seek Him and His plan for my life I found that He is so faithful. 

Yes, times can get hard. 

There is so much pain in this world. But if we hold on to what we believe. 

We believe that God loves us and wants the best for His people.

When we hold on to that without wavering, I believe that we will see the goodness of God.

I can’t say when, but I know that He’s always on time.

#3 Those who hope in the Lord will be renewed

I’ve experienced a lot of heartache and during some tough times I turned from God. 

I wish I didn’t, but I did. 

I’ve been struggling with grief for nearly 20 years. 

I lost my sister in 2000 and I’ve lived with infertility for 14 years. 

I’m not an expert in everything about God. 

But I’m a believer that there is hope in God.

I know that when I turned my eyes toward Him and I really began to seek Him, I honestly felt physically renewed, rejuvenated, and refreshed. 

Seek God. He will give you hope that will do the same for you.

#4 I’m waiting for God with my whole being

Everything in me is like a kid on a road trip. 

“Are we there yet? Are we there yet?”

I’m constantly looking for God. I want to know “God is that You?”, “God is this what You want me to do?”

I find hope in waiting for Him and looking to Him.

I know He has a plan and that’s all I need to know.

My whole being waits for Him.

I honestly believe, we can live with hope, even though everything around us says there is no reason to believe in the good.  

This week, I want to share three Bible study plans that are easy to use and will hopefully keep you in God’s word. 

The goal is to help you start or add to a Bible study routine that will encourage you to live with hope. 

By the way, I use the NIV version. Sometimes I will use other versions, but you can use any version you choose. 

There are 3 types of plans for the week. Each day should only take about 15 minutes.

(It is important to note that it is a necessary part of growth to study each book of the Bible as a whole to get God’s full message. Reading each book will help you get the context that surrounds the verses you read. As you grow, spend time reading a chapter a day, at least.) 

I hope you find hope in God through the following plans.

Plan 1 – Vocabulary Study

  • It may seem trivial to look up words that you know the meaning of, but there are times when I come across an “everyday word” as I read and I feel the need to look it up. So many times there is new meaning when I view it in the context of scripture. One simple definition can bring new insight to what I’m reading.
  • I will give some suggestions, but if a word stands out for you, use your own of course. This is about you and your relationship with God. This is about what He’s speaking to you. 
  • I will also rewrite the word adding the definition of the word I look up. You will see how powerful that can be to understanding the word.
  • I just want to give options just in case you don’t have your own.

Day 1

  • Vocabulary: hope, plans 
  • Daily Reading:  
  • Jeremiah 29:11 – For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. 

Day 2

  • Vocabulary: unswervingly, profess, promised 
  • Daily Reading:  
  • Hebrews 10:23 – Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for He who promised is faithful. 

Day 3

  • Vocabulary: renew, soar, weary, faint 
  • Daily Reading:  
  • Isaiah 40:31 – but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. The will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. 

Day 4

  • Vocabulary: wait, being 
  • Daily Reading:
  • Psalm 130:5 – I wait for the LORD, my whole being waits, and in His word, I put my hope. 
The Road to Hope

Plan 2 – Scripture Writing

  1. What is God saying to you through the scripture?
  2. Write the verse and ask God what He wants you to understand.
  3. Read the verse multiple times to get an understanding.
  4. Write what you learn?
  • Day 1: Jeremiah 29:11 
  • Day 2: Hebrews 10:23 
  • Day 3: Isaiah 40:31 
  • Day 4: Psalm 130:5 

Plan 3 – S.O.A.P

  • S.O.A.P is a Bible study method used to study scripture. With this study you can focus on one verse or more. I’m not sure who started this method, but it is a popular way to study the Bible.  It will help you get started if you’re a Bible Study beginner. 
    • S – Scripture – Prayerfully write the scripture. Ask God for understanding.
    • O – Observation – What is God telling you with this scripture? What stands out for you? (1-2 sentences or even words that stand out)
    • A – Application – How can you apply this to your life? What will you do to apply it to your life (1-2 sentences, or more if you are a “journaler” like me.)
    • P – Pray (Pray about the verse. Ask God to help you with applying the verse to your life.)
  • Day 1: Jeremiah 29:11 
  • Day 2: Hebrews 10:23 
  • Day 3: Isaiah 40:31 
  • Day 4: Psalm 130:5 

Conclusion

I hope this week’s study on hope blesses you!

The more I read the verses, the more I want to seek God.

I know He has a plan for us. He is always working even when we can’t see. 

I know it can’t be frustrating to not know His plan for our lives. Believe me I know.

But I also know that all I have to do is put my faith in Him and He will come through. 

I hope that you will find hope in these studies. 

What verse spoke to you most in this study? Share in the comments.

I’m so glad we’re on this journey to keep our hope together.

God loves you family, and so do I! – CL