Ray of Hope

compassion
Lamentations 3:21-26 TLB; Yet there is one ray of hope: his compassion never ends. It is only the Lord’s mercies that have kept us from complete destruction. Great is his faithfulness; his loving-kindness begins afresh each day. My soul claims the Lord as my inheritance; therefore I will hope in him. The Lord is wonderfully good to those who wait for him, to those who seek for him. It is good both to hope and wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord.

One ray of hope; his compassion never ends. That thrills me because you see, I don’t always make the right choices or say the right things. I don’t deserve what I get at times but, his compassion never ends. The word compassion is defined as; a feeling of deep sympathy and sorrow for another who is stricken by misfortune, accompanied by a strong desire to alleviate the suffering. Notice I had to look it up. Sad to say, I’m probably not the most compassionate person in the world. Ask any of those close to me and they’ll tell you my first response would be, “Buck up and stop whining!” Even though I don’t hand out compassion freely, God gives it to me. He doesn’t just give it when I do right, he gives it when I screw up over and over and over. Endlessly. Do you see why that thrills me so? It truly is only the Lord’s mercies that have kept me from complete destruction.

And He is not just my one ray of hope, He’s my ONLY hope. My soul claims the Lord as my inheritance. The word inheritance isn’t just monetary things passed on, it’s also defined; the genetic characters transmitted from parent to offspring, taken collectively; portion; birthright; heritage. My flesh may resemble my earthly father, but my spirit has received a much greater transmission, it’s being renewed day by day to resemble my Heavenly Father. There IS hope for me! I may still find the true meaning of being compassionate yet!

Perhaps you struggle with similar imperfections. Maybe you overspent at Christmas and are now suffering the consequences of extra bills, or perhaps you overindulged and extra pounds are showing up on the scales. Maybe you said something you shouldn’t have and the hurt it caused is irreparable. Let me encourage you by saying, He is your hope too. Stop striving to fix it all and hope and wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord. You might not deserve it, but HE wants to be compassionate to you. He wants to fix this for you.

Father, you are so very faithful to me. I hold onto my confession of faith in your unchanging love. There is strength in resting in you, rejoicing in victory before the desired outcome is seen. I may not be able to fix this, but you not only can, you will. So I thank you and praise your name. Your goodness is more then I could have hoped or dreamed for. When all is done and I stand face to face with you, I won’t remember the bad I did, but the victory you gave. It’s in Christ’s Name I pray, Amen

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