“Yet I still dare to hope when I remember this: The unfailing love of the LORD never ends! By his mercies we have been kept from complete destruction. Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each day. I say to myself, ‘The LORD is my inheritance; therefore, I will hope in him!’ ” (Lamentations 3:21-24).
In the midst of writing down his sorrows in the passage above, Jeremiah stopped himself and said, “When I remember…” There was still some hope left in his memory bank. Before that, he said, “I remember everything bad,” but then he began thinking about who God is and he remembered the good. The devil tries hard to destroy your memories of God’s goodness to make your need seem greater than God’s provision, but God has done so much for you that you can’t even count it all. When you remember your circumstances, bad thoughts dominate you, but when you remember how great God is, the good dominates. That is when hope comes alive.
Jeremiah listed five things he remembered that activated his hope:
The unfailing love of the Lord never ends.
By His mercies I have been kept from complete destruction.
Great is His faithfulness.
His mercies begin afresh every day.
I say hopeful things to myself. I speak hope into my own mind.
When you understand that God is with you and His love never fails, you are grateful that you are no longer consumed by the bad things in your life. You forget all that and begin to celebrate God’s goodness. You are filled with hope. You acknowledge, “Lord, you are keeping me right now in ways that I don’t understand. God, I am so sorry for accusing you falsely.”
With all of your challenges, dare to hope! As the old mothers would say, “I dare you to have hope! I double-dog dare you to have hope!” Even if all else is gone and you have nothing left, God is there. He is not discouraged about anything. He sees the end from the beginning. He knows the way ahead and it will all turn out for the best.
Celebrate the renewal of hope every morning. You might even sing songs like “Great Is Thy Faithfulness, O God My Father,” which is based on Lamentations 3.
Whenever you need Him most, God will be there with hope.
Getting Closer to God—The Path to Reconciliation Buga! Buga! is an expression from Ghana, West Africa, that means “Serious! Serious!” Ever since he first heard those words, Bishop Boone has used that statement to challenge himself and others to go to another level of Christ-likeness.
In troubled times, people need hope and they also need to know Christians who are filled with hope. Dare to Hope calls Christians to return to God with humility and a sacrificial lifestyle to rebuild their hope and restore hope to individuals, families, and nations.