What brings you hope now?

“Yet this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope.”

This passage stuns me.

Lamentations consists of three full chapters of someone crying out to God in the midst of acute suffering. He lists all of the reasons why there should be no hope.

And then he says these words- and I am in awe-

“Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope- because of the Lord’s great love, we are not consumed. For his compassions never fail. They are new every morning, great is his faithfulness. ” (Lamentations 3:22-23).

He does not deny that the suffering they are enduring is hard. He doesn’t push it aside as if it was nothing. But he acknowledges in the midst of it that God is faithful. That he has hope.

Perhaps the most hope-giving thing is to know that the one who made everything, who is infinitely powerful and just and awe-striking, is faithful. Is all loving. That his compassions are renewed every day, that we can never use them up with our mistakes and failures and deliberate sins.

What brings you hope right now?

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