I’m really enjoying this study on hope.

As I read the verses, I’m encouraged that although we feel like the wait for God is long, we can be reassured that He will answer.

I’ve had to wait for some things and I felt like God was never going to answer, but when He did, I could begin to the see the purpose in the waiting time. 

While we wait for God there are some things we can do.

#1 Draw near to Him

When we are waiting there is surely something we should be learning. 

Get closer to God. 

I know you’re doing the studies but try to add 15 more minutes. Read His word – the Bible. Try to read a chapter a day. Learn about God.

The closer you get to God the more hope you will have.

#2 Have faith

I’m holding firmly to my hope in God…and wait patiently for Him. 

I know that He has plans for you and for me. 

I know He’s going to answer even though I can’t see it. That’s faith.

My faith is what keeps me hoping for the promises in His word.

#3 Trust God

Nothing catches God off guard. 

He may not have caused the hard times but He’s always in control.

Even when we are the cause of our hard times, He is in control. 

We just have to put our trust in Him.

When our trust is in Him and not what we see, we find reasons to have hope.

#4 Call out to God

We have to keep crying out to Him.

His reply could be just a prayer away.

We can find hope in the fact that He will come through.

Pray and seek Him.

I just want to encourage you to hold on in this season. There will be beauty after this.

I offer the same 3 plans as last week. The scriptures are different of course. All of them 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. Don’t always read one verse and not learn about the context that surrounds it. As you grow spend time reading a chapter a day, at least.) 

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 would be 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: draw, sincere, assurance 
  • Daily Reading: Hebrews 10:22 NIV
  • let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water.

Day 2

  • Vocabulary: seen, wait, patiently 
  • Daily Reading: Romans 8:24-25 NIV
  • For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have? [25] But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.    

Day 3

  • Vocabulary: fill, trust, overflow, power
  • Daily Reading: Romans 15:13 NIV
  • May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.    

Day 4

  • Vocabulary: deliver, shield, glory
  • Daily Reading: Psalm 3:2-4 NIV
  • Many are saying of me, “God will not deliver him.” [3] But you, LORD, are a shield around me, my glory, the One who lifts my head high. [4] I call out to the LORD, and he answers me from his holy mountain.
Hope in Sand

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: Hebrews 10:22
  • Day 2: Romans 8:24-25 
  • Day 3: Romans 15:13
  • Day 4: Psalm 3:2-4 

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: Hebrews 10:22
  • Day 2: Romans 8:24-25 
  • Day 3: Romans 15:13
  • Day 4: Psalm 3:2-4 

*Scriptures taken from “Tecarta Bible” online.

Conclusion

As we draw near to Him let’s remember that God is in control, in hard times.

I know it may not feel like that when we experience loss and devastation, but He is in control.

Even when we can’t see the good, we just have to keep our faith and believe.

God loves us more than we know.

Trust God.

Call out to Him. He’s listening.

I hope that you found this study helpful this week.

I am enjoying the study on these scriptures. I’m finding new hope in God with each scripture.

Which scripture stood out for you this week. Let me know in the comments. 

I look forward to talking with you next week. If you missed Week 1, you can find it here.

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