Issue 529 – Verse of the Week

February 10th – February 16th, 2022


 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. Psalm 42:5

Hope is Everything

Alexander Solzhenitsyn spent part of his life in a Soviet Siberian prison. At one point, he was so weak physically and discouraged mentally that he hoped for death. He even thought that if he stopped at his required hard labor and just leaned on his shovel, the prison guards would kill him. But a Christian working next to him, sensing the desperation, leaned over his own shovel and drew a cross at the feet of Solzhenitsyn, erasing it before the guard could see. He would later record that was the moment he was energized. That little reminder of hope was found in Christ. He found the courage to continue because a fellow believer carried through to remind him of hope.  Solzhenitsyn would write, “When hope is all there is, it is all we need.” If you are in need of hope today, come to the only One who has that hope at the ready. Be an encourager for those who are despairing by assuring them of the love of Jesus today. It may be everything they need. 

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