DAY 33: CHOOSE 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!” LAMENTATIONS 3:21-24 (NLT)
Pain is a natural part of life. We can’t escape it. Broken relationships, missed opportunities, and rough seasons will always be with us. When they come, you can either become bitter or hopeful. The choice is yours.
Jeremiah faced the same choice. When his world came apart, the prophet wrote the book of Lamentations to share his honest frustrations with God. But he didn’t settle in his bitterness. After sharing his bitter feelings, he wrote, “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!” Lamentations 3:21-24 (NTV). In the midst of a terrible situation, Jeremiah changed his perspective.
It’s healthy and good to be honest with God about your feelings, but eventually you have to change your perspective. As long as your mind is on your pain, you won’t solve anything. Instead, like Jeremiah, you need to recognize God’s unfailing love and mercy for you. No matter what the problem, no matter how much anger you’ve spewed at God, he still loves you, and that will never change.
The longer you focus on what depresses you, the longer your depression will last. Bitterness keeps you caught in your own pain. Jeremiah gives us a simple cure for bitterness: In the midst of a depressing tirade, he says, “Yet hope returns…”
How can you have hope even in your darkest days? By remembering that “the Lord’s unfailing love and mercy still continue.” You can count on that! God’s mercies are “as fresh as the morning” and “as sure as the sunrise.” He is all you need. And, no matter what, you can put your hope in him.
You’ll never know that God is all you need until he’s all you have. Are you there yet? There’s no better place to be.
WHAT DID YOU HEAR?
What did God say to you as you read today’s Scripture and devotion?
WHAT DO YOU THINK?
How does it apply to your life?
WHAT WILL YOU DO?
Don’t just be a hearer of the word. Be a doer of the word. (James 1:22)
NOW TALK TO GOD
This is where you turn your thoughts into prayer. It could be a prayer of gratitude or praise. It could be a prayer of confession or a request for God’s help. It’s up to you. Take a minute to write a prayer of response to what God said to you.