Monday, December 15, 2014

Hope for Broken Lives

Psalm 119:92
If your law had not been my delight,
I would have perished in my affliction.
 
This verse describes my time of widowhood so well that today I simply want to share some of the Scriptures that throw out a lifeline of hope to keep us from being overwhelmed. All quotes today are from the New International Version (NIV).
 
Isaiah 46:4
Even to your old age and gray hairs
I am he, I am he who will sustain you.
I have made you and I will carry you;
I will sustain you and I will rescue you.


Isaiah 49:13
Shout for joy, you heavens;
rejoice, you earth;
burst into song, you mountains!
For the Lord comforts his people
and will have compassion on his afflicted ones.

Isaiah 49:23, last line
  those who hope in me will not be disappointed
 
Isaiah 55:8-13
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
neither are your ways my ways,”
declares the Lord.
“As the heavens are higher than the earth,
so are my ways higher than your ways
and my thoughts than your thoughts.
As the rain and the snow
come down from heaven,
and do not return to it
without watering the earth
and making it bud and flourish,
so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater,
so is my word that goes out from my mouth:
It will not return to me empty,
but will accomplish what I desire
and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.
You will go out in joy
and be led forth in peace;
the mountains and hills
will burst into song before you,
and all the trees of the field
will clap their hands.
Instead of the thornbush will grow the juniper,
and instead of briers the myrtle will grow.

Isaiah 61:1-3
...He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
to proclaim freedom for the captives
and release from darkness for the prisoners,
to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor
and the day of vengeance of our God,
to comfort all who mourn,
and provide for those who grieve in Zion—
to bestow on them a crown of beauty
instead of ashes,
the oil of joy
instead of mourning,
and a garment of praise
instead of a spirit of despair...
 
These verses are all from just one book of the Bible, and there are a total of 66 books in the Bible! Can you imagine how many more words of hope, promise and comfort are yet to be found? Please join me tomorrow as we look at some helpful tools for digging these Scriptures out of the books and into our hearts. Until then, what verses mean the most to you? Please list them in the comments today so you can help others along the way.
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5 comments:

  1. I was let to this verse in Lamentations 3 the afternoon DeWayne died. Lamentations 3:32-33: Though he brings grief, he will show compassion, so great is his unfailing love. FOR HE DOES NOT WILLINGLY BRING AFFLICTION OR GRIEF TO THE CHILDREN OF MEN.

    Death was never God's plan--it breaks His heart, too! To understand that from day one was huge for me in my grief journey.

    Leslie

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  2. How beautiful! What a blessing to receive that very verse the day DeWayne died. Thank you for sharing it with me!

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  3. Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our present and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. "2 Corinthians 4:16-18

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  4. Your sun will never set; your moon will not go down. For the lord will be your everlasting light. Your days of mourning will come to an end. Isaiah 60:20 NLT

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