The psalmist recognized that God is the source of our hope. He declared, “And now, Lord, for what do I wait? My hope is in You” (Psalm 39:7).
To understand how the Lord brings that hope into our lives, let’s again read what Paul wrote to the Romans. “For whatever was written in earlier times was written for our instruction, so that through perseverance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope” (Romans 15:4). But how does that give us hope?
When Paul wrote about the relationship between perseverance and hope, he was referring to the kind of patience motivated by seeking the good of others (Romans 15:1–3). Christ Himself endured pain on behalf of others to demonstrate the heart and goodness of God (vv. 3, 5–7).
History shows the worthiness of such perseverance. In the late 1700s…
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