Tag Archive: hope

Since I started reading the book of Job a week ago, I’ve been pondering questions about Job I’ve had for years. I’ve been desiring the Lord to show me more and open my understanding. Sometimes it’s not enough to just have an answer to a question, at least for me. In the case of Job, I wanted to understand the role of Job in my life, so I could apply the wisdom of the answer into understanding that would glorify the Lord and help me to live better.

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For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)

When we study the Bible we should come up with the same meaning for the text if we’re doing it accurately and correctly. The process that we ought to be using when we study the Bible is called “biblical hermeneutics” and you can find a great explanation of what that means here. One element of biblical hermeneutics is context. I’ve written about this before but we must remember it when we are trying to apply Scripture to our daily lives.

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Like words
on a mirror,
I come alive
in turmoil. The
heat, of your
misty caress-
longing, my
soul aches,
touch me
in this place,
that is,
my heart.


Am I,
just a little boy,
holding up pictures,
to Papa?
and images
flash, ssshwip!
ssshwip! ssshwip!
Jotted down,
the blur…
Lifting it
High, do
you see?
Do you,