“God forbid that I should sin against the Lord in ceasing to pray for you” (1 Samuel 12:23 KJV).
When Jeremiah cried to the Lord in Lamentations, he was a man who represented God crying over the condition of His people. Jeremiah had given his life for the cause of God to pray for them.
Samuel said something similar to the people of Israel when they were terrified about what God would do to them because they had sinned and demanded a king. He reminded them of their favor with God and said, “He made you a special nation for himself. . . . God forbid that I should sin against the Lord in ceasing to pray for you” (1 Samuel 12:23 KJV).
Samuel and Jeremiah laid aside their own goals and made God’s goals their reason for living. When you dedicate your life to God in that way, then God Himself is invested in you. He will keep your hope alive as long as His purposes are being fulfilled through your life.
Jeremiah never saw one of his prayers come to pass. He was thrown down into a well with mud and dung. He was taken captive to Babylon. He was rejected by his own people and did not have a single friend. Although God did not seem to be coming through for him he said, “Yet I still dare to hope.”
I don’t know how much hope you have, but I believe by the end of this devotional your hope will have increased because the people of God are the only ones who can have true hope. Everybody else is faking it. If you seek God and He initiates your goals, you will have hope that lasts.
Jeremiah dared to hope in the midst of apparent failure because He knew that God had given him the burden to prophesy over the people. Samuel was disappointed that the people wanted a king instead of him, but He knew that God wanted him to keep praying for them, even in their rebellion. Everything you try to accomplish for yourself can be gone in a moment. Everything you do for God will accomplish its result.
People who are called by God to reach a certain group of people in a church, a community, or a nation like Israel or America can get discouraged at times, but the goal of God is for you to stay full of hope.
Don’t give up on the people. Dare to hope that God will save them if you will stay faithful to make the sacrifices necessary to pray and speak for God into their lives.
Lord, Use Me! — What to Do When People Walk on You 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.
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.”
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.