• The Encourager

We Have This Hope - January Edition

Updated: Jan 26, 2019

My soul hath them still in remembrance, and is humbled in me. This I recall to my mind, therefore have I hope. It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because His compassion’s fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness. The Lord is my portion, saith my soul: therefore will I hope in Him. (Lamentations 3:20-24)

Hope is to cherish a desire with anticipation; to want something to happen or be true. Biblical hope is confident expectation of what God has promised and His strength is in His faithfulness. We often get faith and hope mixed up. Faith is confidence or trust not based on proof and hope is an optimistic attitude of mind based on an expectation or desire. Faith says it is so now and hope says in the future it will happen.

The chosen Scripture has a very interesting background. In the beginning of the chapter, Jeremiah sees himself as sick and injured, dead and buried, a prisoner, an object of ridicule as well as having many other devastating conditions. Israel was in trouble for turning their back on God, unfortunately the nation as a whole had to suffer. The Assyrians had a form of torture in which prisoners were walled into a very small place. The prophet felt so walled in that seemingly even his prayers would be unable to ascend to God.

Jeremiah had almost given up hope. Then he remembered something that restored his hope again. He remembered the “mercies of God.” Mercies can be translated “covenant love” or “steadfast love.” It is linked with compassion, truth, faithfulness, and goodness. The ability to offer sacrifices was gone and everything seemed hopeless, but God’s mercy remained. The tribe of Levi received no land. With everything taken away except God’s mercy, Jeremiah could say, “The Lord is my portion.” Even in the overwhelming tragedies he experienced, he had hope in God’s deliverance and was willing to wait for it.

In the year of 2018, we faced so many devastating things. As we enter 2019 things are seemingly even worse. America is in trouble mostly because of corrupt leadership (as reported by the Media) and also for putting God on the back burner. Changes are taking place so abruptly we don’t know what to expect from one hour to the next. Unwise, ungodly, selfish, and unapproved decisions are being made that affect people’s livelihood all around us. It appears that nothing is being done about it. Unfortunately, we as Americans and other countries are having to pay the consequences. But our hope is in the Lord, and His mercies are new every morning.

The subject states: “We Have This Hope.” Hebrews 6:17-19–Wherein God, willing more abundantly to shew unto the heirs of promise the immutability of His counsel, confirmed it by an oath. That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us; Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which

into that within the veil.

An anchor is something that provides a firm foundation and security. In this Scripture, the term anchor is used metaphorically to represent God and faith which keep us steadfast and give hope during trials and storms of life. Faith looks to the One who promises; hope looks to the things promised.

In God and in His expressed purpose to bless us through Christ is grounds for confident expectation. The fulfillment of His promise to Abraham provides assurance that He is certain to perform what He promises. God’s confirmation of His promise by His oath and covenant removes all doubt about its certainty.

An anchor is only as secure as that to which it is fastened. Jesus is a sure foundation that holds the anchor steadfast. Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, the Lord knoweth them that are His. And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity. (2 Timothy 2:19)

Jeremiah in his times of distress, gleamed a picture of what God was to him. This gave him hope to endure. We must do the same thing to keep hope alive in us. Keep in mind those things that seemed to us impossible and how the lord brought you through; and know He is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we can ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us.

No matter what’s happening in our government, or any other circumstances in life, we must trust God to work through any authority to which we must respond. Believe that God is able to perform blessings for His people through civil authority, even when it may be hostile. Trust His ability to work His will knowing He is sovereign beyond all authority.

When all the circumstances of our lives present a negative picture and our natural reaction would be to complain, this is the time to put faith in God and in His Word. Then we can see things through God’s eyes to the final glorious outcome. This brings worship and praise before our circumstances have changed. Remember, we have this hope! Happy New Year to each of you is my prayer and expectation! Love you much!

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