Hold Fast to Hope
Whatever was thus written in former days was written for our instruction, that by [our steadfast and patient] endurance and the encouragement [drawn] from the Scriptures we might hold fast to and cherish hope. —Romans 15:4
We all need to be encouraged. Sometimes we need encouragement to lift us out of the pit of discouragement, but at all times we can use an affirming word, a ray of hope, or a message that says to us, “You can do it!”
God Himself is the best source of encouragement I know and we should seek encouragement and hope from Him. He encourages us through His Spirit, but He also speaks encouragement to us through His Word. Many times, when I need to be encouraged or strengthened in hope, I go to the Bible. I have several favorite passages I read or meditate on when I need strength, support, or encouragement.
God’s Word is filled with encouragement and as long as we have a Bible we have a prescription for encouragement. One translation states that the Word of God is the medicine we need.
Go to God’s Word when you need to be encouraged—when you are hurting, frustrated, disappointed, confused, or weary. Let His words sink into your heart and mind as you wait in His presence. God will never fail you and you can always depend on His Word, especially when you need hope and encouragement.
God’s word for you today: No matter what you do today, keep holding on to hope.