“Even the youths shall faint and be weary,
And the young men shall utterly fall,
But those who wait on the LordIsaiah 40:30-31
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.“
This scripture is one of the most popular in the Bible. It’s such a powerful promise of waiting on God or putting our hope in God.
What happens when we hope in God
- While we may grow old physically, our spirits will continue to be strengthened by God. So we can have more strength than the ‘young men’.
- Our strength is renewed daily
- We will rise and soar on wings like eagles so we will overcome our challenges
- Life may be hard but challenges and situations will not overtake us
- We will live a VICTORIOUS life
Hope is so important in hard times. It’s exactly the time we need to have something to look forward to. When times are hard, we need to expect something good to happen. This is what will keep us going.
God is the God of hope himself. So that means we look up to Him to be our hope and guide.
But what exactly do we hope in?
- We hope in the grace that will be revealed when Jesus comes back to take us home to heaven (1 Peter 1:13)
- Our hope is in God’s unfailing love and mercy (Psalm 33:18)
- His word is our hope (Psalm 130:5)
- We put our hope in God himself to give us peace and joy in trials (Romans 15:13)
I love reading inspirational quotes during hard times from authors and preachers in God’s kingdom. Quotes can express in words what we feel. I pray these quotes give you hope during hard times.
Top 15 Inspirational Hope Quotes for hard times
“Without Christ there is no hope.”Charles H. Spurgeon
The only true hope we have is in Jesus Christ. Any other hope we can have in anything or anyone else in this world will not serve us because the world and all in it will end.
“The love of God is one of the great realities of the universe, a pillar upon which the hope of the world rests. But it is a personal, intimate thing too. God does not love populations, He loves people. He loves not masses, but men.”A.W. Tozer
The love that God has for us is our pillar, our rock. We can stand on God’s love because it’s eternal and real. We can put our hope in God’s love. God desires a one to one personal relationship with us so we can know Him and be transformed to become more and more like Him.
“God is the only one who can make the valley of trouble a door of hope.”Catherine Marshall
This quote reminds me of Romans 8:28. God will use all our challenges and heardships for His good. Our hope is in Him.
“The presence of hope in the invincible sovereignty of God drives out fear.”John Piper
During hard times, we can feel afraid of the future and how things will turn out. But our hope is in Jesus Christ who has overcome the world. He will help us to over fear.
“If you have been reduced to God being your only hope, You are in a good place. “Jim Laffoon
With the world currently facing a pandemic that has totally turned our loves upside down, we have been reduced to God being our only hope. So we’re in a good place. There’s really nowhere else for us to look but up to the Creator of heaven and earth.
“We need a living hope to get through life and endure suffering. A living hope enables us to have both sorrow and joy. Our living hope is an inheritance achieved for us by Christ.”Tim Keller
We serve the living God who is all-powerful. In this world we will experience sorrows. But we have an active hope achieved for us on the cross by our Lord Jesus Christ.
“What gives me the most hope every day is God’s grace; knowing that his grace is going to give me the strength for whatever I face, knowing that nothing is a surprise to God.”Rick Warren
God has poured out His grace upon us as His children. He is the all-knowing God. He knows what we’re going through and He will get us through it.
“Hope means hoping when things are hopeless, or it is no virtue at all… As long as matters are really hopeful, hope is mere flattery or platitude; it is only when everything is hopeless that hope begins to be a strength.”Gilbert Keith G. K. Chesterton
You can never know how truly strong you are until being strong is the only true option you have. Similarly, until things are looking gloomy and dark, that is exactly when we need hope and it becomes our strength.
“Let this one great, gracious, glorious fact lie in your spirit until it permeates all your thoughts and makes you rejoice even though you are without strength. Rejoice that the Lord Jesus has become your strength and your song – He has become your salvation.”Charles Spurgeon
Physically we may be weak and weary. But we keep rejoicing in the greater hope that lives within us and that is Jesus Christ. He is our strength, song and salvation. We can dwell on this truth.
“The best we can hope for in this life is a knothole peek at the shining realities ahead. Yet a glimpse is enough. It’s enough to convince our hearts that whatever sufferings and sorrow currently assail us aren’t worthy of comparison to that which waits over the horizon.“Joni Eareckson Tada
Whatever suffering and sorrow we may go through in this world, a better future awaits us in God. This world is not the end of our stories. What awaits us in heaven is a great reward which will make every hardship we’re going through worthwhile.
One day, in the presence of our God forever, it will all make sense.
“Comebacks don’t seem likely when your back is up against the wall and your hope is depleted. But if you will stay the course, you will discover God’s power to reverse the irreversible in your life. “Tony Evans
Even when we have lost all hope, we can stay in the Word, stay strong and know that our God is still able to turn every situation around.
“Don’t you know that day dawns after night, showers displace drought, and spring and summer follow winter? Then, have hope! Hope forever, for God will not fail you!”Charles H. Spurgeon
When we go to sleep every night, we make plans for the next day because our hope is that we will wake up and see the new day. And we go though each season knowing that it will end and a new one will come.
In the same way, our hard times will not last forever. Good times will come.God has promised us this and He will never fail us.
“We can see hope in the midst of hopelessness. We can see peace in the midst of chaos. We have a hope that the world does not have. We can see clearly that all things work together for the good of them that love Him and are called according to His purpose.”Priscilla Shirer
The Bible is filled with so many stories of real people who went through hard times and kept their hope in God. Abraham, Joseph and David are just a few. Jesus Christ himself being our ultimate example. Let us share this hope with the world, they need to hear it.
“Biblical hope is life changing certainty about the future … being certain about the future in a way that affects how you live now.”Tim Keller
When we believe in God’s word and what He says, we know that the future He has planned for us is great. That hope in a great future allows us to live today with peace.
“One of the great enemies of hope is forgetting God’s promises.”John Piper
We can only remain hopeful in hard times when we know God’s word and we remember His promises.
My Encouragement to you
As children of God, we are not promised an easy life with no sorrows and hardships. But we are promised that God will give us hope, peace and strength to ensure those hardships. We serve a King who has all the power. What an honour and priviledge to put our hope in Him.
Lord I thank You that even though I may go through hard times, I can have hope in You, Your word, Your grace and Your love. Continue to strengthen me day by day to overcome all that I’m facing by the power of the Holy Spirit who lives in me.
In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen