Hope.

‎//My soul claims the Lord as my inheritance; therefore I will hope in Him. – Lam. 3:24//

 

I came across that verse sometime this weekend. In my reading, I’ve been hopping between Psalms and Jude. Somewhere in the middle of the page turning, I landed firmly in Lamentations. Not my favorite book of the Bible to be honest. Traditionally, the book was read on the saddest day of the Jewish year.  It’s full of whining and complaining.

But so is my life to be honest. When it comes to praise, I’m no Ann Voskamp. I get my eyes so fixed on the here and now that I forget that now is nothing in Eternity.

The cool thing about Lamentations is that right smack-dab in the middle of the darkness is chapter three. Life sucks. Then comes the breathtaking moment of beauty. Even when life is horrendous, God is there. You are never forgotten. Not even when all you hear is the sound of silence.

The beauty is that hope is found in the Lord. In His lovingkindness. Sure, life may be hard now but you shouldn’t be living just for the now.

Someone I was listening to was talking about hope recently. He was saying that the hope the Bible talks about isn’t like the hope we talk about now. The modern use of “hope” is just another synonymy for wish. I hope for change. But the word the authors of the Bible used meant “a strong and confident expectation.” That’s a game-changer. It’s isn’t just a word you use, it’s an action. It’s an attitude. It’s a state of constantly choosing.

Hope in the Lord.

What’s that mean to you?

 

 

 

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