October 1, 2019

Hope Renewed

Ever since sin marred God’s perfect creation, humanity has hoped for a return to an existence free from sin.

Adventist Review Editors

Ever since sin marred God’s perfect creation, humanity has hoped for a return to an existence free from the ravages of sin: pain, sickness, disappointment, fractured relationships, and death. From Genesis to Revelation the message of the Bible is one of hope. As you dwell on these few sentences, may your hope be renewed as you are reminded of a Redeemer who promised to return.—Editors.

“Those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”

—Isaiah 40:31.

“Without Christ there is no hope.”

—Charles Spurgeon.

“Where there is no hope in the future, there is no power in the present.”

—John Maxwell.

“Our world today so desperately hungers for hope, yet uncounted people have almost given up. There is despair and hopelessness on every hand. Let us be faithful in proclaiming the hope that is in Jesus.”

—Billy Graham.

“Remember whose you are and whom you serve. Provoke yourself by recollection, and your affection for God will increase tenfold; your imagination will not be starved any longer, but will be quick and enthusiastic, and your hope will be inexpressibly bright.”

—Oswald Chambers.

“Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, wehave peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we boast in the hope of the glory of God.”

—Apostle Paul (Rom. 5:1, 2).

“The preciousness of Christ is the evidence of your faith. And the anticipation of His coming is the evidence of His preciousness. And therefore you can test the reality of your faith by whether you are eagerly waiting for Christ’s coming.

—John Piper.

“You can look forward with hope, because one day there will be no more separation, no more scars, and no more suffering in my Father’s house. It’s the home of your dreams!”

—Anne Graham Lotz.

“For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. It teaches us to say ‘No’ to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope—the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ.”

—Apostle Paul (Titus 2:11-13).

“We wait in hope for the Lord;
he is our help and our shield.
In him our hearts rejoice,
for we trust in his holy name.
May your unfailing love be with us, Lord,
even as we put our hope in you.”

—Psalm 33:20-22.

“Hope is called the anchor of the soul (Heb. 6:19), because it gives stability to the Christian life. But hope is not simply a ‘wish’ (I wish that such-and-such would take place); rather, it is that which latches on to the certainty of the promises of the future that God has made.”

—R. C. Sproul.

“Christians are all members of one family, all children of the same heavenly Father, with the same blessed hope of immortality. Very close and tender should be the tie that binds them together.”

—Ellen G. White (The Acts of the Apostles, p. 550).

“The best we can hope for in this life is a knothole peek at the shining realities ahead. Yet a glimpse is enough. It’s enough to convince our hearts that whatever sufferings and sorrows currently assail us aren’t worthy of comparison to that which waits over the horizon.”

—Joni Eareckson Tada.

“Let us be alert to the season in which we are living. It is the season of the blessed hope, calling for us to cut our ties with the world and build ourselves on this One who will soon appear. He is our hope—a blessed hope, enabling us to rise above our times and fix our gaze upon Him.”

—A. W. Tozer.

“Our righteousness is in Him, and our hope depends, not upon the exercise of grace in us, but upon the fullness of grace and love in Him, and upon His obedience unto death.”

—John Newton.

“Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed,
for his compassions never fail.
They are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.
I say to myself, ‘The Lord is my portion;
therefore I will wait for him.’”

—Lamentations 3:22-24.

“The Lord desires us to appreciate the great plan of redemption, to realize our high privilege as the children of God, and to walk before Him in obedience, with grateful thanksgiving. He desires us to serve Him in newness of life, with gladness every day. He longs to see gratitude welling up in our hearts because our names are written in the Lamb’s book of life, because we may cast all our care upon Him who cares for us. He bids us rejoice because we are the heritage of the Lord, because the righteousness of Christ is the white robe of His saints, because we have the blessed hope of the soon coming of our Savior.”

—Ellen G. White (Christ’s Object Lessons, p. 299).