One of the special gifts God gives his children is hope.
Trials may batter us down like waves of the ocean but somehow we come bobbing back up, like human corks. Though at times we may be cast down and discouraged, God gives us hope through his Word. Sometimes God pours hope into our hearts without our asking. But at other times we must fight for hope, like fish swimming against the current.
I fight for hope with these verses from Lamentations:
But this I call to mind,
and therefore I have hope:
The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;
his mercies never come to an end;
they are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness. – Lamentations 3:21-23
Note the connection between actively calling certain truths to mind and gaining hope. “But this I call to mind and THEREFORE I have hope.”
Hope arises in our hearts as we intentionally remember God’s character and promises. We must call God’s character and promises to mind, as did Jeremiah, who reminded himself of these truths:
The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases. God’s love is steadfast: steady, faithful, unceasing. His love is more constant than the seasons, more dependable than the sunrise. Neither life, death, demons, disease, enemies, or our own personal failures can separate us from God’s love in Christ.
His mercies never come to an end. God has bags and bags of mercies stored up for us. He’s an ocean of mercy with no shores. In Christ we’ll continue receiving grace upon grace for all eternity. It will take the coming ages for God to begin to show us his immeasurable kindness to us in Christ (Eph 2.7).
God’s mercies are new every morning. Each dawn, we awake to find the ground covered with the manna of fresh mercies. God has new surprises for you today, grace you haven’t imagined – unexpected answers to prayer, wisdom for your children, provision for your table, solutions to thorny problems. Fresh comfort and new strength is coming.
Great is God’s faithfulness. It reaches to the heavens. He who sustains the galaxies will uphold our lives. The One who provides for lions and lacewings, sparrows and lilies, who waters the forests and feeds the teeming creatures of the oceans, will be faithful to those he purchased with his Son’s blood. GREAT is his faithfulness.
Call these things to mind. Grab your thoughts by the collar. Remind yourself of Christ’s unceasing, steadfast love. Recall throughout the day that his mercies will never end. Thank him for his mercies that are new each morning. Praise him for his great faithfulness. Add faith to God’s promises and God will cause hope to begin to rise in your heart.
How about you? Do you have a Scripture you regularly call to mind that brings hope to your heart?
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