“My endurance has perished; so has my hope from the LORD.” 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.” The LORD is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him. It is good that one should wait quietly for the salvation of the LORD. —Lamentations 3:18-26

            Trials and difficulties will come to us in this life.  Jesus told us that this would be the case— “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world” (John 16:33). There is no way around it.  We live in a fallen world, a world affected by the decadence of sin. This sinful, fallen world impacts us all.  How can we have peace when the world and our very lives are in turmoil?  It is in Jesus we have peace; we have hope—

“For the grace of God has appeared that offers salvation to all people. It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope—the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good. —Titus 2:11-14

            Our endurance and hope can fade if we get our eyes off our Lord and the bigger picture.  If we focus on the trial and difficulty and lose sight of our Lord in it all, then we will become hopeless. “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.”  Yes!  We need to remember the Lord in all our trials and then we will have hope.  Jesus is that blessed hope.  His love for us never ceases.  His mercies are new every morning… every morning.  Keep our eyes on Him day by day as we run the race marked out for us!  Run that race with perseverance (Hebrews 12:1-3).  Keep going and do not give up.  Be faithful.

            We need to remember and do not forget that “The LORD is my portion” and then “I will hope in him.”  In our difficulties, and at all times, wait for Him, seek Him, be quiet— our Lord is good to those who do so.  He is our Savior! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XIpnW3rtRQ4

            Where is your focus in this trial that you may be going through?  Where will our focus be when trials come upon us?  He is the only One we truly have that can help us in our time of need (Hebrews 4:16).  “Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD” (Psalm 27:14).  Yes, Dear Father, may I wait on You at all times— in the bad and in the good.  May this be so by the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the authority of Your Son Jesus.  Yes, may I wait on You. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0QhCK-8B4Hg

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