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The Word for Today

by Bob and Debby Gass

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‘We who have fled for refuge might … hold fast to the hope set before us.’ Hebrews 6:18 ESV

Does your situation look impossible? Are you getting ready to give up? Don’t! Emilie Batisse was seventy-nine when she was injured in a hit-and-run accident and wasn’t expected to live. When Norman Vincent Peale went to visit her, he noticed a row of brand-new poetry books that hadn’t been opened. When he asked her about them, she said, ‘I love poetry, but I haven’t read those … I’m saving them for my old age.’ Mrs Batisse lived to read those books many times, and when she eventually died at ninety-one, she was planning a trip to Europe. Hope is desiring something to come true; faith is believing it will happen. Hope is wanting something so desperately that despite all evidence to the contrary, you keep believing God for it. And the remarkable thing is that the act of hoping produces a strength of its own. When Cornell University conducted a study on the effects of hope, Dr Harold G. Wolff reported that people with hope could endure incredible burdens. One group comprised twenty-five thousand soldiers imprisoned during World War II. Subjected to forced labour, bad food, and filth, many died while others showed only slight damage. Interviews with survivors revealed a far-above-average ability to hope! How were they able to keep their hope alive? By drawing pictures of the girls they planned to marry, designing their future homes, and organising business management seminars. Hope not only kept them well, it kept them alive! It’s easy to see why Paul describes hope as ‘… a strong and trustworthy anchor for our souls. It leads us through the curtain into God's inner sanctuary.’ (Hebrews 6:19 NLT)

SoulFood: 1 Chron 3-5 John 8:31-41 Ps 99 Pro 25:26-28

The Word for Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright 2023

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