“Everything I had hoped for from the Lord is lost!” The thought of my suffering and homelessness is bitter beyond words. I will never forget this awful time. . . . Yet I still dare to hope. – Lamentations 3:18-21

tylb-my-hope-is-in-the-lordThe prophet Jeremiah was devastated as he looked over the ruins of Jerusalem. He had tried to warn his people of what was coming, but they wouldn’t listen. So how could Jeremiah still hold on to hope? Read on:

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!”
Lamentations 3:22-24

Jeremiah held on to hope by refocusing his thinking. Instead of continuing to mourn the loss of all of his dreams for himself and for his people, he chose to focus on God’s faithfulness. All of his circumstances shouted “hopeless,” but he chose instead to hope in God.

Ask Yourself
Sometimes it takes a faithful friend to help us focus on hope during dark times. Who in your life can help you refocus on God’s faithfulness?

What would it take for you to live today in the reality Jeremiah experienced—the belief that God is faithful?

Ask God
Lord Jesus, help me to remember that my hope is based on what I focus on—and that I need to focus on you and your faithfulness. Help me remember that when I’m tempted to focus on the wrong things.

Taken from Take Your Life Back Day by Day copyright © 2016 by Stephen Arterburn and David Stoop. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved.