Pastor Mike’s Minute Message: Yet I Still Dare To Hope!

Posted: July 7, 2014 in Pastor Mike's Minute Message
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I will never forget this awful time, as I grieve over my loss. Yet I still dare to hope when I remember this: The faithful love of the LORD never ends! His mercies never cease!” (Lamentations 3:20-22 NLT)

“Shirley’s” life was a tough one. She had endured a hard childhood and was widowed several times over. It seemed that wherever she went, tough times seem to follow. But to me, Shirley was an inspiration, because she always trusted God to take care of her. And He always did!

The Book of Lamentations in the Bible is a tough read. The devastations it chronicles are not God’s mean abuses but the results of Israel’s abandonment of God. Everything they endured was due to their own bad decisions. Half way through the tough times, the writer changes his course: “Yet I still dare to hope…”! Even in those darkest moments of self-inflicted problems, God is still there with us!

Your life may be like Shirley’s, where it seems like rough patches follow you; or you may identify with Israel, constantly paying for bad decisions. Regardless of how you get there, know that there is always hope when God is invited to show up! Awful times don’t destroy us, they define us. Let God define & refine you, making you assured of where your hope comes from! You are loved today! Live with hope!

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