I love when what I’m reading in the bible directly correlates with other books that I am reading. As I have said before, I’m always in the middle of 4-ish books and I flit back and forth depending on my mood. One of the books I am reading right now is Lord, Change My Attitude Before It’s Too Late by James MacDonald. I’ve read it before. But I still feel like my attitudes need adjustment! So I’m re-reading it for some reminders. Anywhoo…
Lamentations 3: 19-26
I remember my affliction and my wandering, the bitterness and the gall. I well remember them, and my soul is downcast within me. YET, this i call to mind, and therefore I have HOPE. Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning, great is your faithfulness. I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.” The Lord is good to those who hope in him, to the one who seeks him; it is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord.
James MacDonald is talking about contentment.
“Will we be grateful and satisfied with God and His provision for us? Or will we covet more and better and different?…at the root of my covetous attitude I am rejecting the sufficiency of God in my life…NOTHING is essential but God…God doesn’t want anything substituted for Him in our lives.”
So. What am I learning? I do feel like this keeps popping up again and again. And I must not be learning it well because the Lord keeps reminding me. Our only real hope is in the character and promises of God. We can not rely on anything else. We can not put our hope in anyone/anything else. The Lord never fails. And because of this when we put our hope in HIM, no matter how bitter and downcast we are, not matter how overwhelming our situation, we will be able to say I HAVE HOPE! The Lord is my portion! I will WAIT for Him. What do you need to hand over to Him? What are you hoping in that will fail you? I encourage you, turn your eyes to Jesus. He will never fail you.