I’m writing today to remind you that there is hope.
Whatever you’re going through — the hurt, anxiety, depression, loneliness, spiritual dryness, exhaustion — you fill in the blank — don’t forget that there is hope.
Remind yourself every day.
Remind yourself when you rise and when you lie down.
Remind yourself when you don’t understand.
When you can’t see a purpose or find God in the midst of it all, you need to remind yourself that there is hope.
In Lamentations, we find Jeremiah mourning for Israel. Words of sorrow over the affliction and misery of the people fill the pages of this book. But, in the middle of it all, Jeremiah encourages himself and reminds himself that hope remains. And, in doing so, he gives us all a lifeline we can cling to in the middle of even our darkest hour.
This I recall to my mind, therefore have I hope. It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.
The Lord is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him. The Lord is good unto them that wait for him, to the soul that seeketh him. It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the Lord.
His compassions fail not.
His mercies are new every morning.
Great is His faithfulness.
He is our portion.
He is good.
This I recall to my mind, therefore have I hope. And, so should you!
The enemy wants nothing more than to leave you hopeless. Don’t give his lies space in your mind. Instead, remember all of your testimonies: those stories of God’s goodness and unfailing love toward you.
Sometimes circumstances seem completely devoid of hope. You have to recall things from before to help you see the hope in the now.
Our testimonies aren’t just nice stories — they are essential for our survival. Those times in our past that give us strength for our present — they aren’t just tools for witnessing. They are tools for our encouragement.
In those times where we must steel ourselves for a battle ahead, the victories in our past give us the strength to stand strong. If we won that battle, we can win this battle. If He helped me before, it gives me hope that He can help me again.
So, I’m writing to remind you today: no matter what you’re going through, there is still hope. If you can’t see it, feel it, or find it, then be like Jeremiah. Recall some things to your mind, and therefore have hope.
Stand firm on the Word.
Hold fast the promises of God.
Don’t ever forget that there is still hope.