Finding Hope

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 ESV)

The last couple of days have been tough in our home. Job says in chapter 7 that God visits him every morning and tests him every moment. It seems to me that the death of our daughter Mercy should be a sufficient trial to endure, but God has other plans. It suffices to say that our current trial is simply a matter of normal rebellion in the hearts of growing children. Yet the level is quite high at the moment. Yesterday I was floundering around chasing my feelings wherever they decided to go. My mind was a mess and I just felt like running far far away. My friend from Kentucky sent me a text telling me he was praying that God would arm and guide me in my battle. Slowly throughout the day the Lord began to answer that prayer so much so that by the end of youth group last night my mind seemed clear. Onward and upward I go.

Before my feet reached the carpet this morning, the above verse came to mind. The author of Lamentations tells us how to have hope. It is by recalling two things to mind; the steadfast love of God, and the new mercies he brings every morning.

God’s love for us through Christ is steadfast. The sum of his love can never be spent, never be fully consumed, nor ever be wasted or destroyed. It is an unceasing, unchanging, faithful love that remains upon me and you forever. I recall this to mind and find hope.

God’s mercies never end, never are depleted, nor ever cease to come up with the sunrise. His mercies are his tender compassions and affections that he has for us who are clinging to his beloved Son Jesus. Those mercies are best illustrated on earth as the way a mother cherishes her baby cradled in her womb. God cherishes us every morning. There will never come a morning where we wake and find we have been aborted and left naked on the street. His mercies never come to an end!

I recall these things 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.

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