(21) But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope:
(22) The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies
never come to an end
(23) they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.
Lamentations 3:21-23 ESV
We’re learning to recall, to remember God’s goodness and truth in our lives. Today we have the power of Jesus’s finished work to cement God’s promises in our hearts. That’s why we remember. And, what is it that gives us hope? Remembering God’s love for us. What is hope? It’s defined as an optimistic state of mind that is based on an expectation of positive outcomes. Hope is always positive. Hope builds from our remembering God’s truth.
From our practice of remembering we find a deeper HOPE in our hearts and minds. I like how Rachelle Dekker shares this truth in her Seer book series. Even though the characters changed through the message of God’s love, acceptance, and hope, they struggled at times with remembering who they were in Him. They stumble and forget. Then they go back to remembering. That’s where most of us are – remembering, forgetting, remembering.
The more we remember, on purpose, all that God has for us, all that Jesus purchased for us, the deeper our hope in Him will be. Hope always looks ahead. It is confident expectation for good. You can’t have hope for the past. It’s past and gone. But HOPE looks forward. That’s why it’s important to have a remembering reservoir to draw from when things look bleak.
Romans 15:13 ESV states, “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.” You’re going to abound in hope. Anchor your faith in the Lord and you’ll abound in hope as Hebrews 11:1 says.
The more you remember God’s truth, His Word, His promises, the stronger your hope will be. And that HOPE will carry you through this year and beyond!