Do I believe that? Can I look at the circumstances of my life and trace the loving hand of God? When I think of Him, does His faithfulness overwhelm me?The unfailing love of the LORD never ends! By his mercies we have been kept from complete destruction. Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each day. I say to myself, "The Lord is my inheritance; therefore, I will hope in him!" ~ Lamentations 3:22-24
If the answer to these questions is 'yes', then I can certainly dare to hope. Dare to hope for a new beginning. Dare to hope for an end to a difficult situation. Dare to hope for restoration. Dare to hope for anything my mind can conceive...and a whole lot it can't!
God has proven His faithfulness and unfailing love to me in so many ways this past year. If I did not believe He would see me through those dark days, then what was the point of continuing on? If I did not believe He loved me enough to bring goodness out of destruction, then what was the point of fighting? I remember praying on several occasions, "LORD, give me a glimpse of you today." A small prayer with a huge impact. No matter how bad things looked, He never failed to answer that prayer. He cannot fail to answer that prayer. His faithfulness would not allow it.
I love the last part of verse 24 - ..."The LORD is my inheritance; therefore, I will hope in him!" My hope is not based on my circumstances or what possible outcome I might foresee. Thank God for that, especially on those days when getting through another five minutes seemed an impossibility. My hope is based on an incredible God with an incredible inheritance lined up for me.
Yes, because I trust His promises completely, I can dare to hope.