by: Deanna Lamb
Happy New Year! Every new year gives us an opportunity to reflect on our life. We remember the blessings that have come our way. We also remember the struggles that have faced us. No matter what the past year has been, we have hope in a new year. In fact, every DAY brings HOPE. In the book of Lamentations, Chapter 3, the writer reflects on God's unfailing love and mercy:
19-21 I’ll never forget the trouble, the utter lostness,
the taste of ashes, the poison I’ve swallowed.
I remember it all—oh, how well I remember—
the feeling of hitting the bottom.
But there’s one other thing I remember,
and remembering, I keep a grip on hope:
22-24 God’s loyal love couldn’t have run out,
his merciful love couldn’t have dried up.
They’re created new every morning.
How great your faithfulness!
I’m sticking with God (I say it over and over).
He’s all I’ve got left.
25-27 God proves to be good to the man who passionately waits,
to the woman who diligently seeks.
It’s a good thing to quietly hope,
quietly hope for help from God.
It’s a good thing when you’re young
to stick it out through the hard times.
28-30 When life is heavy and hard to take,
go off by yourself. Enter the silence.
Bow in prayer. Don’t ask questions:
Wait for hope to appear....
When we stand firm in our faith, and we know that God is faithful, we have hope in His goodness and His mercy. When we stand firm in our faith, no matter what trials come crashing in on us like a storm, we proclaim that Jesus is faithful. The power of a life lived in God's mercy, is a life that MAKES JESUS FAMOUS!