What does it mean to hope in the Lord? (Isaiah 40:31)

Even youths grow tired and weary,
    and young men stumble and fall;
but those who hope in the Lord
    will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
    they will run and not grow weary,
    they will walk and not be faint.

Isaiah 40:30 - 31

ESV - 30 Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted. 31 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.

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Data Dorothy Mathieson

Throughout my years, 62 of them, I have been able to learn only a few ways of hope being justified.

Yes there are many, many teachings about this word!

I have seen the totally remarkable ways God has been a personal help to me while I was a child and while I was growing up at home with my father and mother. Then, when I was a wife for the first time and left my family home, I felt I needed to be the love/hope for my husband, then as a mother for the first time, I needed to be the love/ hope for my children.

Now, being in my 3rd marriage, with 4 grown-up children who've left home, being a grandmother of 6 children and a great-grandmother of 2 more children, this, I believe helps me to know where my help comes from.

The only 'religion' that has been with me these 62 years is the love of God. I read a book (yes a Bible, Good News Translation) which told me about God and His love, which I had already felt, but, when I read about Jesus dying for me (Oh, definitely yes for many of us, not just me) in 1989, living in this world got so different for me. Did anything change? Not very much; it actually got worse again before it got better, but I held onto this new love as it gave me a hope I had not felt.

Do I travel this world and preach The gospel? No. It is my belief that I am sharing the love of Jesus in the many daily things I get done. For instance, going to a church, once a week and joining in on giving praises to Jesus. Going to a different meeting once a fortnight to discuss Jesus. In these 2, I believe I personally shine the light of Jesus Christ and this certainly helps others, as they are doing the very same thing, so His light of hope sure is getting stronger. Also, being part of a weekly prayer meeting helps.

All this is a hope that does not pass away. The closer one draws to God, through the name of Jesus Christ, the cord/bond between them gets stronger and stronger. As I mentioned before, there are many teachings about hope, but those teachers have died. This hope is alive and is getting stronger.

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