“Yet I call this to mind,Lamentations 3:21-23
and therefore I have hope:
Because of the Lord’s faithful love
we do not perish,
for His mercies never end.
They are new every morning;
great is Your faithfulness!”
“Rejoice in hope; be patient in affliction; be persistent in prayer.”Romans 12:12
“The Lord values those who fear Him,Psalm 147:11
those who put their hope in His faithful love.”
My hope is in the Lord. I’ve heard it said, “I read to the end of the Bible and Jesus always wins!”
This has been a tough time for us. Not anything we could have imagined. Nothing we would have chosen. But the Lord is over all. He will be for us and will help us though everything we encounter.
With all the worries about future possibilities, it is hard to be present and engaged in the moment. We see the past and our current state, and cannot imagine a different way. We may feel that things will never change. We long for the “good old days” when life seemed easier and results more dependable.
Hope requires trust and faith that we can keep going with the Lord’s help. We don’t have to know all the answers. Our heavenly Father will provide us with new mercies each day. We can ask for His guidance. Romans 12:12 reminds us to “Rejoice in hope; be patient in affliction; [and] be persistent in prayer.”
We cannot rush through the difficult days, but we can make preparations for the days to come. We can learn as we go through the trials and strengthen our relationship with the Lord as we gather our courage and hope for the future.
Thank You that we can put our hope in You. No matter the outcome of each situation, we know You will walk beside us and provide us with what we need.
In Christ’s name, Amen.
Journal: In what areas are you having difficulty finding hope? Spend a few moments reflecting on all the times God has brought you through. Thank the Lord for His faithful love and mercy and ask Him for the help you need.