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Monday, May 26, 2014

The Greatest Hope

“Yet this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope. Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning. Great is your faithfulness” (Lamentations 3:21-23, NIV).

No matter what is before me, I can recall God's loving faithfulness through many years, and I have hope. No matter what my struggle or battle, I have hope. No matter if what I see, hear, or feel brings despair, I have hope. No matter what, I have hope. I will recall it this morning and the next, over and over, again and again. Because of His love for me, God is faithful to take care of all the concerns of my heart. He is faithful to provide for all my needs. He is faithful. This is a great and powerful promise.

If God did not love me, I would be consumed by His justice. Because I have sinned, and broken His law, He has every right to punish me. But He is passionate for me. He created me. His encompassing love is complete forgiveness. God so loved me, He gave His son out of love to save me. How can I not invite such a love into my life? How can I refuse to release all that I am–my sins–my failures–my judgments–my thoughts–my needs to the healing power of such a love? How can I not yearn for the hope of such a love more than my own failure?

His amazing love encompasses a healing of body, mind, spirit, and soul which is born of a faith in the faithfulness of His sacrifice for me. I have always had a unknown yearning in my heart–for something more than myself. And now I know what is is. This yearning is for Him. I was created for His love. He has come into my life. My heart rejoices in its promise. His compassion is forever with me. It never fails me. He is faithful, and His faithfulness to me is complete. It is greater than anything my human mind can conceive.

His faithfulness was sealed at Calvary–born of a love given freely for my sin. Yes, great is His faithfulness! When I awake every morning to discover He is with me, His love is always new and fresh. Because of His love–His constant and abiding love, I have the greatest hope for each morning I awake all the way into eternity–His life forever.

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