“The thought of my suffering and homelessness is bitter beyond words. I will never forget this awful time, as I grieve over my loss. Yet I still dare to hope” (Lamentations 3:19-21).
When Jeremiah considered how people had rejected him he said, “The thought of . . . my homelessness is bitter beyond words.” We might never think of a prophet in the Bible as being homeless, but he was. I don’t know a single Christian who would get so excited about looking for a prophecy from a homeless person that he would look under bridges and search the alleys to find one. The Bible gives us hope that we can hear from God even if we are homeless because God will use anyone He chooses under any circumstances.
During Charles Finney’s crusade in Evans Mill, New York, that you read about earlier, Finney met a man of prayer named Father Nash who had enough hope to pray for the worst sinners in the city. Together they were convinced that God wanted to bring a transformation to that region. They would not rest until they saw a new city.
The Bible says in Hebrews 11:10, “Abraham was confidently looking forward to a city with eternal foundations, a city designed and built by God.” In the King James Version it says that Abraham looked for a city “whose builder and maker was God.”
The Bible presents a track record of patriarchs who give us hope that we can hear from God. Abraham heard from God in a way that no one he knew had ever experienced. There was no basis for his faith other than his divine connection with God. He followed a path that God showed him.
You have been born again into a new world. God can unveil to you in a dimension of the spirit something you never thought of before. He can give you hope for people you never even considered as someone who could be saved. He will open up heaven to you and you will find yourself looking forward to something that just never came to your mind before.
Every born again believer has a seed of hope inside, not only for themselves but also for hopeless sinners. We have the DNA structure to be people of faith. Faith is the engine that drives us to hope for the impossible.
Remember, Abraham hoped against hope. When the Lord told him he would have a son and heir, in the natural he had nothing to hope about. However, he had the assurance that the Lord’s will would come to pass. He had reason to hope because of the veracity of God’s Word.
You may not see a solution to your situation. All your plans may be dead, but just follow the lead of the Author and Finisher of your faith.
In Lamentations 3:21, Jeremiah was troubled but he said, "Yet I still dare to hope." Using the format of a daily journal, Bishop Boone takes the reader on a 30-day journey to hope. Each day, you read inspiring vignettes, study the Bible, pray, and write a journal of your day. Pleasing God becomes your priority. Each night, you examine your life to find anything that might cause you to lose hope. You see where you have been unlike Jesus, make changes, then go to sleep in peace.
Dare to Hope is a message of fearlessness in a time of coronavirus. It is a great encouragement for times like these! In this 30-day journey to hope, Bishop Boone says that Christians can rebuild their hope and restore hope to individuals, families, and nations. He recalls Lamentations 3:21 when Jeremiah was troubled but he said, “Yet I still dare to hope.”
Prevailing Prayer—Powerful Crowd Reaction to Prayer. Bishop Boone declared, "I am going to pray the prayer of faith, and when I finish praying, you’re going to be able to tell. Many of you, the Lord’s going to touch today." Listen in on this live service and see what God does.