Devotion for Sunday March 4, 2018
Topic: Recall God’s Love To Renews Your Hope
Text: Lamentations 3:21 – 36
Having stated his distress and temptations (3:1ff), Jeremiah shows what gave him courage and hope to stand firm in our bible reading for today. Bad as things are, it is owing to the mercy of God that they are not worse. No wonder the admonition to give glorify God in all situations (1 Thessalonians 5:8). God’s compassion do not fail; of this we have fresh instances every morning.
Jeremiah affirmed that he had hope because God is his portion. God being his portion encouraged him in affliction, distress and temptation. Affliction has made many humble and serious with God, and has weaned them from the world, which otherwise, would have been proud and unruly. There are many things that can renew our hopes today as we pass through afflictions, distresses and temptations of life. They are the word of God (Bible), testimonies of people, direct revelation from God as we pray and favours from people.
It is our duty, and will be our comfort and satisfaction, to hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the Lord. David did it and admonished us to do same (Psalm 42:5; 43:5; 78:7; 115:11). You may be going through afflictions, troubles, trials or temptations now. Be of good cheer and put all your hope on him. The Lord is your strength and you will come out a better Christian in Jesus name. Amen
Sing A&M 290; Abu 326
Food for thought: Lamentation 3:24
Memory verse: Lamentation 3:21
Prayer: Lord God, may I continue to hope on you no matter the severity of temptations, trials or trouble I am passing through.