In Despair, Hope is Found

This I recall to my mind, therefore I have hope.
Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed,
because His compassions fail not.
They are new every morning;
great is Your faithfulness.
“The Lord is my portion,” says my soul,
“Therefore I hope in Him!” (Lamentations 3:21-24).

Do you ever find yourself being caught up in what the world calls “news” (which really isn’t anything but a rehash of the same old stuff by self-absorbed talking heads and overdue-for-retirement political pundits)? It’s easy to do, isn’t it? Right now it is especially so, as financial gloom-and-doom reports abound, terrorist nations obtain nuclear power, and the moral breakdown of society escalates at levels never before imagined. And yet…

This morning as I prayed and sought God for a word of encouragement, He directed me to the Book of Lamentations—a seemingly odd place to find a word of hope or a ray of light. But as I read, I knew this was indeed the place I needed to be in the Scriptures to see God’s faithfulness most clearly. For you see, dear ones, it is in when our world seems darkest that God’s light shines brightest. The key is to remember where our hope lies…and where it does not.

Regardless of our political persuasion, if we truly want to shine God’s light in a dark world, we must first understand that no human candidate for office can “save” us from the messes of our own making. No President or Senator, Congressman or Judge can clean up the dirt of human sin. Whether we consider ourselves conservative or liberal, Republican or Democrat (or none of the above), we cannot reject and rebel against God without ultimately reaping the consequences of a godless society. And yet—as is so clearly demonstrated in the Book of Lamentations, written by God through the hand of the “weeping prophet,” Jeremiah—it is in the midst of darkness and despair that true hope is found, and where God’s mercy and compassion and faithfulness are most appreciated.

Regardless of what we see going on around us, beloved, my we hold fast to the promise that God will never leave or forsake His people, and that where two or more of us are gathered in His name, there He is in our midst. With that as our hope, we can joyfully rest in His mercies, which are new every morning. Great is His faithfulness!

Copyright 2008 Kathi Macias, all rights reserved. Used by permission.
Kathi Macias is a multi-award winning writer who has authored seventeen books. Her newest book “Beyond Me. Living a You-first Life in a Me-first World” (New Hope Publishers) The author can be reached at:

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