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. Rom. 15:13
Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isa. 41:10
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. Jer. 29:11
Heavenly Father, we begin this June Friday needful and thankful for the central theme of these three verses—hope. Thank you for wanting us to know you, in Paul’s words, as “the God of hope.” These past four months have been “doozies.”
Only you can bring calm into our chaos, give us rest in our weariness, and make peace more palpable than our fears. Thank you, Father. Please do so.
Because, as you said through Isaiah, you uphold us with your “righteous right hand,” we can loosen our anxious grip on situations we don’t control, outcomes we can’t guarantee, and a future that belongs to you. Instead of white-knuckled fear, free us to raise our hands to you in surrender, worship, and trust.
Father, we enter this weekend grateful the words you spoke to Jeremiah’s generation apply to every generation of your children. We may not know, but you know the plans you have for each of us—plans filled with hope, written with the indelible ink of your grace, and Jesus’ blood.
You love us, and don’t just have our backs, but our everything. Because you gave Jesus to us and for us, we need no further proof of your goodness and trustworthy-ness. So very Amen we pray, in Jesus’ holy and loving name.