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
HOPE. What a small word with such a big and varied application. I hope that I don’t have to take that test today. I hope I get married. I hope I go to heaven. I hope that person I want to see is at the party. I hope nothing bad happens.
Hope is defined as a feeling of expectations and a desire for a certain thing to happen. And even daring to trust in that feeling. In the Bible, Abraham hoped against all hope, and through that became the father of many. (Romans 4:18) When there was nothing left to hope or believe for, Abraham did. I read those verses a couple of weeks ago and that phrase jumped out at me. When there was no reason to hope, Abraham hoped.
The 3 verses I began with came after the author is grieving loss, remembering a time of terrible hopelessness. And then he comes to this conclusion and says…I DARE TO HOPE. Why does he make this bold statement in the face of such anguish? Because more than despair, he knows that the LORD is faithful to the end. The LORD has mercy that is new every day. He will not give up on us, and because of that we can stand and hope.
2016 was a year that sometimes felt hopeless for me. Things didn’t turn out the way they were supposed to. The year started with such freshness and then the hits just kept on coming. I made plans, they got dashed. Over and over and over. There are still things that I am hoping for that haven’t happened yet. There are things we need to happen in our family and finances and nothing has moved. I have dreams and desires and somehow right now they seem to be stagnant. Maybe this is how you feel, too. We all have our own situations and desires. But here in Lamentations, as the author is grieving, he stops and says, “I DARE TO HOPE.”
So in 2017 I am daring to hope, and I dare you to hope! Hope in the never-ending faithfulness of the LORD. Hope in His mercies that greet you every morning. Remember who holds your future and dare to hope.
Lord, this year is my year of HOPE. I hope in your promises and rest in your Presence. I wake up each day ready to receive new mercy. I know you are my inheritance and I hold on to the hope and the promise that GREAT is your faithfulness.