When Jeremiah used the word “still” in Lamentations 3:21, he was speaking in defiance of something. He was under attack. He was being challenged. Something was trying to take away his reason for living. They were not only laughing at him. They also made up songs mocking him. He still had hope because he had steadfast trust in the future that was based on something real. It was not wishful thinking. It had substance.
Jeremiah was a prophet. He clung to the word he had received from God and stood on the basis of the veracity of God’s Word. He was a vehicle of hope to people who were out of alignment with God. If they had listened to him, if they had obeyed him, God could have backed the whole nation and things would have happened for their good and for His glory.
When Moses said to God, “Please, show me Your glory,” God answered, “I will make all My goodness pass before you” (Exodus 33:18-19 NKJV). God wants to do good things in America that will do us good and give Him glory.
When the culture was out of alignment in Noah’s day, God destroyed His creation but saved Noah and those with him in the ark. God was frustrated with His creation because what He had hoped for had not come to pass. The people He had created did not willfully submit to Him.
God creates people whom He expects to willfully choose to do what He says, not resist Him. He is all powerful. He could force us to obey Him, but He wants the creation itself to come into consensus with Him.
All sovereign spheres need to come into agreement with His will:
First in individuals submitting to His will for their lives
Then in the family, church, and civil government
Then voluntary associations in the spheres of education, art and entertainment, economics and finance
Unless something is built on God, it has no enduring purpose. When these spheres come into alignment with God, people will find hope. They will find a reason for their existence that goes back to God. Everything in the future will come into alignment with the will of God.
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.”