Thursday, January 04, 2018

Steadfast Hope

For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. - ‭‭Romans‬ ‭15:4‬ ‭ESV‬‬ 

The Amplified version adds, that...we might have hope...and overflow with confidence in His promises!

Or to put it another way through the encouragement of scripture we discover the steadfast love of our God towards us, placing hope in our hearts to endure any and every situation.

We have a confidence that, “ALL the paths of the Lord are steadfast love and faithfulness, for those who keep his covenant and his testimonies”. - Psalm 25:10

To us, who are all too familiar with wavering love and disloyalty, in ourselves and others, our cynicism shouts it can not be so. However in reading scripture God takes on our cynicism head on and defeats it time and time again, drawing us closer and whispering to us “steadfast love”.

In 150 songs recorded in the Psalms, many of which were songs of lament by individuals walking a difficult path, God’s steadfast love is mentioned 132 times. 

As we we walk through 2018 we do not know where the path will take us, but we do know that as we are encouraged by scripture, that it will be characterised by steadfast love, faithfulness & hope.

Draw me nearer!

Consecrate me now to Thy service, Lord, 
By the pow’r of grace divine; 
Let my soul look up with a steadfast hope, 
And my will be lost in Thine.

- Frances J Crosby


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