Hope—A Bible-marking topic
Terrorist threats. Shootings. The promotion of immorality. Disappointments, discouragements, and fears. Through it all Christians have something precio
us that fills us with peace. We have hope. This month’s Bible-marking topic is to remind us of the beauty of our hope. As you read through these verses, pay particular attention to what we can put our hope in and what that hope brings. The word “hope” will be circled in every verse, what we can hope in will be underlined in every verse, and what hope brings will have a square drawn around it. In the front of your Bible write:
Be strong and let your heart take courage, all you who hope in the Lord.
Draw a square around “be strong” and “take courage.” Circle the word “hope” and underline “in the Lord.” At the end of the verse, write 42:11.
Why are you in despair, O my soul? And why have you become disturbed within me? Hope in God, for I shall yet praise Him, the help of my countenance and my God.
Circle the word “hope,” underline “in God,” and draw a square around “praise Him.” This same encouragement is repeated in Psalm 42:5 and 43:5. At the end of the verse, write 130:5.
I wait for the Lord, my soul does wait, and in His word do I hope.
Underline “in His word” and circle “hope.” A great exercise for your personal Bible study is to go through the psalms and note each use of “hope” along with what we learn about it. At the end of the verse, write Prov. 10:28.
The hope of the righteous is gladness, but the expectation of the wicked perishes.
Circle “hope” and draw a square around “gladness.” At the end of the verse, write Rom. 5:1-5.
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The word “hope” appears three times in these verses. Circle all three of them. In verse two, draw a square around “we exult,” and underline “of the glory of God.” In verse five, draw a square around “does not disappoint.” At the end of the verse, write 12:12.
Rejoicing in hope, persevering in tribulation, devoted to prayer…
Draw a square around “rejoicing” and circle “hope.” At the end of the verse, write 15:4.
For whatever was written in earlier times was written for our instruction, so that through perseverance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.
Underline “through perseverance and the encouragement of the Scriptures” and circle “hope.” At the end of the verse, write v. 13.
Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace and believing, so that you will abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Circle both occurrences of the word “hope.” Underline “God” and “Holy Spirit.” Draw a square around the words “joy,” “peace,” and “believing.” Draw a squiggly line under “fill” and “abound.” At the end of the verse, write 2 Cor. 1:10.
Who delivered us from so great a peril of death, and will deliver us He on whom we have set our hope. And He will yet deliver us.
Underline “He on whom we have set our hope” and circle “hope.” Look up in verse nine and circle “God.” Then draw a line connecting “God” in verse nine to the “He” you underlined in verse ten. At the end of the verse, write Eph. 1:18.
I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints.
Isn’t that a beautiful verse? Draw a square around “you will know.” Circle “hope” and underline “of His calling.” At the end of the verse, write 1 Thess. 1:3.
Constantly bearing in mind your work of faith and labor of love and steadfastness of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ in the presence of our God and Father.
Draw a square around “steadfastness,” circle “hope,” and underline “in our Lord Jesus Christ.” At the end of the verse, write 5:8.
But since we are of the day, let us be sober, having put on the breastplate of faith and love, and as a helmet, the hope of salvation.
Draw a square around “helmet,” circle “hope,” and underline “of salvation.” At the end of the verse, write 1 Tim. 4:10.
For it is for this we labor and strive, because we have fixed our hope on the living God, who is the Savior of all men, especially of believers.
Draw a square around “labor and strive” and “fixed.” Circle “hope.” Underline “on the living God.” At the end of the verse, write Heb. 6:11.
And we desire that each one of you show the same diligence so as to realize the full assurance of hope until the end.
This is my prayer also for you and for all my loved ones. Draw a square around “full assurance” and circle “hope.” At the end of the verse, write 1John 3:3.
And everyone who has this hope fixed on Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.
Circle “hope.” Underline “on Him.” Go up to verse two and underline “God.” Then draw a line connecting “God” to “Him” in verse three. Draw a square around purifies himself.
These verses on hope are only a sample. There are so many more to encourage and inspire us. May we all daily hang on to that glorious hope! “Now may our Lord Jesus Christ Himself and God our Father, who has loved us and given us eternal comfort and good hope by grace, comfort and strengthen your hearts in every good work and word” (2 Thess. 2:16,17).