I want to continue with the theme from my last blog. I will highlight Scriptures that give perspective, hope, joy and peace. These are the times that our light can shine brightest, that our witness can be sharper, that the victory can be sweeter. We do it all for God’s glory and to lift His name higher.

Look at these verses:

Psalm 37:23-25 The steps of a man are established by the Lord, when he delights in his way; though he fall, he shall not be cast headlong, for the Lord upholds his hand. I have been young and now am old, yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken.

Psalm 40:1 I waited patiently for the Lord; He inclined to me and heard my cry.

Isaiah 40:31 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.

Psalm 100:1,2 Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth! Serve the Lord with gladness! Come into his presence with singing!

Psalm 16:8 I have set the Lord always before me; because He is my right hand, I shall not be shaken.

Zechariah 13:1 On that day there shall be a fountain open for the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem, to cleanse them from sin and uncleanness.

Zechariah 14:20a And on that day there shall be inscribed on the bells of the horses, “Holy to the Lord”.

John 14:27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives, do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.

II Peter 3:18 But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To Him be the glory both now and to the day of eternity. Amen.

There are hundreds more I could have chosen. God’s word gives us great strength and perseverance. We look to His Spirit to guide and encourage. We look to Jesus and His Spirit to comfort and intercede for us. We rejoice that we as the body of Christ can cheer for and can grieve with each other. We are never alone.

I love this quote from my grandmother’s devotional, written in 1916. “We know not what of joy or sorrow it (this day) may hold for us, but we believe Thy grace to be sufficient for its needs, and so we pray that we may appreciate and appropriate that grace so freely given.”