We Have a Hope
January 4, 2021
Lamentations 3:21-26 ESV
“But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope: The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. "The Lord is my portion," says my soul, "therefore I will hope in him." The Lord is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him. It is good that one should wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord.”
As I think about how I want to live 2022, I want to live with hope. I want to excitedly anticipate good things in every situation and circumstance. I want to be like Jeremiah, calling to mind the things God has said and the things He has already done for me and refresh my hope day by day. As a believer I walk by faith ( 2 Corinthians 5:7), and this faith is the substance of the things I hope for (Hebrews 11:1). That means my faith, that has been given to me by God by hearing the Word, has inside of it all of the ingredients necessary to bring what I hope for into reality. I have a better covenant than Jeremiah and I have faith that breathes life into what I hope for. As I write this, I can hear my Daddy singing an old Hymn about hope. I’m going to leave the words here for you. Some of you may actually know and sing along, but if not, simply read the words and call to mind who you are and what the Lord has for you.
“Hope” by William G. Shell
We have a hope within our souls,
Brighter than the perfect day:
God has given us His Spirit,
And we want the world to hear it,
All the doubts are passed away.
Have we any hope within us of a life beyond the grave,
In the sweet and vernal lands?
Do we know if this, our tabernacle, were to be dissolved,
We’ve a house not made with hands?
Blessed hope we have within us is an anchor to the soul,
It is both steadfast and sure;
It is founded on the promises of Father’s written word,
And ’twill evermore endure.
Hope has brought us through the dangers and temptations of the past,
And we fear not those to come;
By her blessings we’ll go forward, while our mortal life shall last,
Then we’ll joyously go home.
Since we’ve walked the strait and narrow way our path has ever shone
Brighter, brighter, day by day;
Hope within our hearts assures us it is better farther on,
It is brighter all the way.
Life will end in joyful singing, “I have fought a faithful fight,”
Then we’ll lay our armor down;
And our soul will break the cable here, and take its happy flight,
To possess a starry crown.
Thank You Lord for this hope that I have within my soul. Thank You for Your Spirit. Help me to walk by faith today and to share hope with those all around me. In Jesus’ Name…
Deidra B. Johnson, PhD