Twenty Bible Verses about Hope

Twenty Bible Verses about Hope

Psalm 25:5 (ESV) – “Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all the day long.”

Psalm 31:24 (ESV) – “Be strong, and let your heart take courage, all you who wait for the Lord!”

Psalm 33:22 (ESV) – “Let your steadfast love, O Lord, be upon us, even as we hope in you.”

Psalm 42:11 (ESV) – “Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation and my God.”

Psalm 119:114 (ESV) – “You are my hiding place and my shield; I hope in your word.”

Psalm 121:7-8 (ESV) – “The Lord will keep you from all evil; he will keep your life. The Lord will keep your going out and your coming in from this time forth and forevermore.”

Psalm 130:5 (ESV) – “I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his word I hope.”

Proverbs 13:12 (ESV) – “Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a desire fulfilled is a tree of life.”

Isaiah 40:31 (ESV) – “But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.”

Jeremiah 29:11 (ESV) – “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.

Lamentations 3:24 (ESV) – “‘The Lord is my portion,’ says my soul, ‘therefore I will hope in him.’”

Micah 7:7 (ESV) – “But as for me, I will look to the Lord; I will wait for the God of my salvation; my God will hear me.”

Matthew 11:28 (ESV) – “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”

Romans 5:3-4 (ESV) – “Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope.”

Romans 5:5 (ESV) – “And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.”

Romans 8:25 (ESV) – “But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.”

Romans 15:13 (ESV) – “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.”

1 Corinthians 13:13 (ESV) – “So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.”

Hebrews 10:23 (ESV) – “Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful.”

Hebrews 11:1 (ESV) – “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.”

How To Have Real Peace

Self-isolation, can’t go out to eat, avoid the beaches, Zoom Bible study classes, and live streaming of church services. It’s enough to make the most peaceful person anxious.

Or maybe like me, you’ve been tested for Covid-19 with the nose swab and had the COVID blood test to see if you have the antibodies meaning you had the virus. Fortunately, I tested negative for both. However, this upside-down world has robbed some of the usual peace of mind from me. I get anxious when I go to the grocery store or the pharmacy. Having peace of mind is hard for me. So …

What’s a man or woman to do? Where can we find real peace?

Everyone is searching for peace today. We seek real tranquility in our work, in our relationships, and yet the order that the world can give us is extremely fragile. It is temporary. 

The peace that God gives us is different from what the world offers. It is permanent. God’s peace affords tranquillity amid trouble. Seek His peace and experience a tremendous gift from God.

Three Kinds of Peace

1. Spiritual Peace – At Peace with God.

Romans 5:1 ESV – “Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.”

2. Emotional Peace – The Peace of God.

Colossians 3:15 ESV – “And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful.”

3. Relational Peace – At Peace with Everyone.

Romans 12:8 ESV – “the one who exhorts, in his exhortation; the one who contributes, in generosity; the one who leads, with zeal; the one who does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness.”

John 14:27 ESV – “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.”

Key’s to God’s Perfect Peace

Key #1 – Obey God’s Principles

Psalm 119:165, 167 ESV – “Great peace have those who love your law; nothing can make them stumble. … My soul keeps your testimonies; I love them exceedingly.”

Key #2 – Accept God’s Pardon

Micah 7:18 ESV – “Who is a God like you, pardoning iniquity and passing over transgression … He does not retain his anger forever because he delights in steadfast love.”

Key #3 – Focus On God’s Presence

Isaiah 26:3 ESV – “You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.”

Key #4 Trust God’s Presence 

Proverbs 3:5-6 ESV – “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.”

Key #5 Ask For God’s Peace

Jeremiah 33:3 ESV – “Call to me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known.”  I like to call Jeremiah 33:3 God’s phone number.

Remember, pray first, then you’ll find peace.

Philippians 4:6-7 ESV – “do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”


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Texas students will return to school campuses this fall, Gov. Greg Abbott tells lawmakers

Cactus Elementary School in Cactus on Jan. 28, 2020. Photo credit: Miguel Gutierrez Jr./The Texas Tribune

“Texas students will return to school campuses this fall, Gov. Greg Abbott tells lawmakers” was first published by The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan media organization that informs Texans — and engages with them — about public policy, politics, government and statewide issues.

Texas students will be returning to public schools in person this fall, Gov. Greg Abbott told state lawmakers Thursday morning.

The state’s top education officials confirmed the plans in a statement to The Texas Tribune.

“It will be safe for Texas public school students, teachers, and staff to return to school campuses for in-person instruction this fall. But there will also be flexibility for families with health concerns so that their children can be educated remotely, if the parent so chooses,” said Texas Education Commissioner Mike Morath.

When students return, school districts will not be required to mandate students wear masks or test them for COVID-19 symptoms, confirmed Frank Ward, a spokesperson for the Texas Education Agency.

The TEA is expected to release additional guidance for school districts next Tuesday. Abbott has long said his intention is for students to return in-person this fall, saying this week that there will “definitely be higher safety standards in place than when they opened last year.”

“I will tell you that my goal is to see students back in classrooms in seats interacting personally with teachers as well as other students,” he told KLBK TV in Lubbock on Monday. “This is a very important environmental setting for both the students, for the teachers and for the parents.”

Abbott has pressed forward with reopening businesses and other public spaces for weeks, even as the number of new cases and people hospitalized with the virus has continued to rise. Democrats and officials in some of the state’s biggest cities have raised alarm about the pace, saying it’s putting people’s health at risk.

“Abbott’s failed leadership has cost lives and has led to Texas becoming one of the most dangerous states to live in during this pandemic,” said Texas Democratic Party Communications Director Abhi Rahman in a statement Thursday.

According to state lawmakers on the 11 a.m. call, school districts will be able to also offer instructional alternatives for students. The decision comes as COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations continue to rise statewide, and local officials begin to put firmer restrictions in place to tamp down the spread in their cities and counties.

National surveys have shown many parents do not feel safe sending their students back to the classrooms, with one poll showing two-thirds in support of keeping schools closed until the pandemic’s health risk has passed.

School districts’ surveys of parents are showing that many students will stay home, even when the classrooms are open. That could pose a financial risk to districts, which receive state funding based on student attendance. Already, many districts are planning for hybrid programs, with some students learning virtually and some learning in person, allowing them to keep class sizes small.

This year, Texas used federal stimulus dollars to fund school districts through this year’s mandated school closures, as long as they offered some type of remote education. But state officials have not yet said whether they will continue to fund them for students who do not show up in person in the fall.

With budget deadlines approaching at the end of the month, some districts are making tentative plans without clear state guidance. Fort Bend Independent School District announced earlier this week that its elementary and middle school students will return to their classrooms with adjusted schedules in the fall.

District officials are working to develop a plan for older students that combines virtual classes and classroom instruction. Online instruction will be an option for any student who doesn’t feel safe returning to the classroom in mid-August.

Cassandra Pollock and Patrick Svitek contributed to this report.

This article originally appeared in The Texas Tribune at https://www.texastribune.org/2020/06/18/texas-schools-reopening-fall/.

Republished with permission from The Texas Tribune.

 

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