encouragement · Faithfulness

Hope is rising (Day 18 of the #encourage marathon)

image

Remember my affliction and my wanderings,
the wormwood and the gall!
My soul continually remembers it
and is bowed down within me.

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.”

~ Lamentations 3.19-24, ESV

Welcome to mile-marker 18 of our #encourage marathon! (If you missed yesterday’s post, you can read it here.)

Someone out there needs the Lord. (That would be all of us…)

If you look back at your life, do you ever recall a day in which the sun did not rise? You may not have seen it, or a storm may have been so dark that you barely registered it, but did the sun fail to rise?

I’ve been alive since 1981, and I’ve never failed to see a new day. The sun always rises. It is even more dependable than death and taxes.

Who created that flaming orb? Who ordained the seasons and the earth’s rotation? What does it reveal about Him? The only thing more constant than the sunrise is the Lord who made it. If He is more dependable than the sunrise, can we count on Him to fulfill His promises? Can we trust Him to be there for us when we face trouble? Can we rely on Him to be present in our despair?

Yes. A thousand times, yes.

This passage is one that I love dearly, because it poetically expresses sentiments I have felt in some of the darkest moments of my life:

“Remember my affliction and my wanderings,
the wormwood and the gall!
My soul continually remembers it
and is bowed down within me.”

How often have you felt so overcome by emotion that you had to sit down, kneel down, or fall down? Your heart was so heavy you didn’t want to rise again. In those agonizing moments, we cry out to the Lord, “Where are you? I’m still here! Don’t you see me? Have you forgotten how much I have endured? Do you know how deeply I hurt? I feel like nobody understands the great weight and bitterness I carry. This feels unending. I don’t want to get up again. Don’t forget about me, Lord. I need you. I always have and always will need you…”

In that dark place, we don’t want to run this race of life anymore. We’ve hit our wall and there doesn’t seem to be any way through it.

It in that moment we will either quit, or reach out and touch the hand of the Lord.

If you reach out for the Lord, He will extend His hand and lift you up over that wall to run once more.

Psalms is a lengthy book, but one that every Christian should read regularly. It contains beautiful expressions of praise along with effusive expressions of sorrow. Many Psalms that begin with David pouring out his pain. As the Psalm progressed, he would remember the Lord and the tone of the Psalm would rise to one of hopefulness and confidence.

Jeremiah does the same in our passage today: “My soul continually remembers it and is bowed down… But this I recall to mind, therefore I have hope.” Smack dab in the middle of this book of weeping is a song of joy, the light of hope.

When you go to the Lord in your hurt, don’t forget to list His promises. Your whole perspective will shift.

 

As sure as the sun rises, the Lord will fulfill His promises to us. Every morning He reveals new mercies to us, extending grace for each new mistake. No darkness is so thick that His light cannot penetrate it.

It could be today that you are so overcome with emotion you can barely speak. You don’t have to make a sound for the Lord to hear the loud cry of your heart. You don’t need a cell phone signal to call on Him. He is everywhere and will give you comfort when you cry out.

God is more faithful than the sunrise. He won’t leave you in the dust unless you choose to stay there. Don’t give up! Get up, take His hand, and keep running!

I have written a few posts on this topic in the past, but this one is an old favorite: The Sky Cries Out.


Please continue to join me on FacebookTwitter and here at Elihu’s Corner for this marathon. Share the image or verse reference on your Twitter feed or Facebook page with the hash tag (#encourage). Take time today to copy down this verse for yourself. Send an email or text to someone you know who would benefit from this encouragement.

Make some time to copy down these posts. Some of them are a bit long, but it only takes a few minutes. Ask your kids to do it with you. Don’t just be encouraged, but encourage others in the race!

If you missed the original post listing all 26 passages, click here to download the PDF list.

Advertisements

12 thoughts on “Hope is rising (Day 18 of the #encourage marathon)

  1. Interesting you included this because it was between mile 17 and 18 that I tore my knee when I ran a marathon. But I counted on God to getting me to that finish line, run , walk or crawl. Yes, in life as well we need to remember this.

    In that dark place, we don’t want to run this race of life anymore. We’ve hit our wall and there doesn’t seem to be any way through it.

    It in that moment we will either quit, or reach out and touch the hand of the Lord.

    If you reach out for the Lord, He will extend His hand and lift you up over that wall to run once more.

    Liked by 3 people

    1. Wow! That’s so interesting! I’m glad that this spoke to you so specifically.

      I assume that you had to get surgery for your knee? Is it all healed now? I have to admit that I would probably not make it through a marathon; my right knee can barely handle short sprints! Great job making it to the end!

      Liked by 1 person

      1. no surgery. Doctor told me to never run again. It was torn where he can’t fix it, only take it out. I could still walk okay then…. God healed it. I didn’t run for a long time, when I did try I couldn’t, then I heard go run. Huh? Go run so I did and ran without pain and still going. Had other little nagging injuries but the knee seems to be ok. I haven’t been able to get my speed back to where it was but I am trying

        Liked by 2 people

  2. I think my life is on display here. There have been several moments I was certain the sun would never rise again. It has everyday since. Does that mean that the pain magically goes away…no! It means that NO MATTER WHAT our savior fights for us, He hold us while we cry, and he will NEVER let us go. Tomorrow that sun will rise and we have hope!!

    Thank you!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Yup, I know what you mean! Some pain is relentless. I’ve had days when I really wish the sun would stop coming up because I didn’t want to endure the next day. But with the Lord, we get up and live another day and another until he calls us home.

      Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s