“Yet I still dare to hope when I remember this.”
Lamentations 3:21 (NLT)
Have you ever cried until the tears would no longer come and your heart was broken in tiny pieces? Have you ever uttered, “Everything I hope for from the Lord is lost?” Then you, me and Jeremiah make three.
I won’t ever forget those long nights of crying myself to sleep. Some nights only silent tears would fall; other nights, wails accompanied questions and prayers. “Why Lord? What am I doing wrong? Why won’t you just fix his problems?” The prayers would end with “if it is Your will,” hoping that His will was different than what it appeared to be.
On these nights I would curl up in a ball under my covers, face the wall and hope this time there would be a break-through in my prayers but down inside I believed everything I had hoped for was lost.
Jeremiah cried until no more tears would come (Lamentations 2:11, NLT). His heart was broken for Jerusalem and for God’s people, his people. In anguish he lamented the words, “Everything I had hoped for from the Lord is lost” (Lamentations 3:18, NLT).
Then, out of the midst of his despair, he dared. He dared to hope in what he remembered.
When we fear all hope is gone we can find new hope the same way Jeremiah found hope: by remembering.
His remembering changed his perspective on his present situation. Jeremiah dared to hope and so can we. We can hear the hope return to Jeremiah as we read his remembering. (Lamentations 3:21-24)
“Yet I still dare to hope when I remember this: The faithful love of the Lord never ends!His mercies never cease. Great is his faithfulness; His mercies begin afresh each morning. I say to myself, “The Lord is my inheritance: therefore, I will hope in him!”
I tarried in the pit of despair much longer than necessary, but when I remembered God’s faithfulness and mercies to me I dared to hope.
Now it’s your turn to hope. Go ahead…I dare you.