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Mar 17 2013

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God Quotes: I still dare to hope

Yet I still dare to hope when I remember this: The faithful love of the Lord never ends! His mercies never cease. Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning. I say to myself, “The Lord is my inheritance; therefore, I will hope in him!” The Lord is good to those who depend on him, to those who search for him. So it is good to wait quietly for salvation from the Lord. (Lamentations 3:21-26 NLT)

I still dare to hope

Jeremiah wrote about his deep suffering in the previous verses. It’s hard to imagine a man of God feeling this way, but I am glad he wrote the raw, real feelings.

He has filled me with bitterness and given me a bitter cup of sorrow to drink. He has made me chew on gravel. He has rolled me in the dust. Peace has been stripped away, and I have forgotten what prosperity is. I cry out, “My splendor is gone! Everything I had hoped for from the Lord is lost!” The thought of my suffering and homelessness is bitter beyond words. I will never forget this awful time, as I grieve over my loss. (Lamentations 3:15-20 NLT)

Have you ever felt that way? It is a terrible place to be. When one is in a pit of despair like this, it is inconceivable to think of ever climbing out. Somehow, Jeremiah dared to hope. And it was on the thoughts about God that helped him turn the corner from utter despair to hope.

God’s covenant love

“God’s faithful love” speaks of God’s covenant loyalty. His promises to redeem are big picture. He is working in and through the darkness to bring about eternal good. He is faithful to work until His will is complete.

New mercies every morning

Not a repeat of the ways He worked in the past, He was providing what was needed for today. As desperate as Jeremiah’s situation was, he was alive, his life was sustained, and he had hope. He had what he needed for the moment, and that was because God provided. He provided breath and life, he sustained, and He gave hope. While Jeremiah “dared” and chose to “remember,” even there God was providing the power. Without God, Jeremiah would have stayed in despair, unable to envision a bigger picture.

He is the prize

God is the reward in the end. I have heard of loving God’s gifts rather than loving God, Himself. Is God, Himself, worth all the troubles this world gives? If the answer is “No,” than God’s gifts are the treasure and not Him.

What about you?

If you are despairing, will you dare to hope? Will you choose to turn your eyes from the bitterness and drench yourself in the reality of a faithful God who is at work? Will you look around and see the mercies He has provided? Will you treasure Him above all else?

While not a magic formula, turning your eyes to Him and trusting His heart (even though you don’t understand) will crack open the door to hope. And hope brings life here and now as well as excited expectation for the future.

 

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2 comments

  1. Beth Buzzell

    The question comes to mind, “How low can I go ? What does it take for me to become faithless? At what point do I cease to ask “Why”? I see how God works through the lives of men and nations in the scriptures, and without question, He tests us. He refines us in the fire. He wants to teach us He is trustworthy, teaching us to let go of our idols…our dearest dreams and expectations, and be able to say with Job, “Though He slay me, yet shall I love Him.” I must decrease, so that He may increase.

    1. Cheryl

      I am so glad God included passages like these. It reminds me that a man of God can both hit the depths of despair and make it to the other side.

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