I have been wanting to get a new Bible cover for some time now. Tonight, I found one. It is leather two-tone with chocolate and aqua. On the front it has “HOPE” in large letters at the top. Under “HOPE” is Lamentations 3:21-24
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.”
Wow and that’s from a book that is supposed to be a mourning song! And it is probably, (we apparently don’t know for sure) written by the prophet Jeremiah who suffered great persecution and hardship. NO matter what, we have hope in Him!
That is so encouraging! Especially on days when I have failed in so many ways! It will be a good reminder whenever I open my Bible to know that I do have hope. And it is a hope that is not empty or false!
Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.
I love that — “hope does not put us to shame!” Yep, I’m shame free and it’s completely because of His love poured out in me. My hope is in Him who He will fulfill all His promises and allow me to share in eternity with Him!!!