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Lamentations 3:25
The Lord is good to those who wait for Him, to the person who seeks Him.
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The Lord Is Our Hope (from 100 Days of Hope)

In the New International Version (NIV), the word “hope” is used 174 times. Many of those times it is used in the context of having hope in the Lord. One definition of hope is “desire accompanied by expectation.”

What is my expectation of God? In Romans 4:21 Abraham is described as being fully persuaded that God had power to do what He had promised. My expectation should be that God will faithfully fulfill what He has promised. Not what I want, but what Scriptures record He has promised. Next, for my hope to be in the Lord, my desires must line up with Scriptural admonitions. Unfortunately, my desires too often fit what television commercials advertise or what my ego demands.

The writers of the Psalms give us a very interesting circular answer for having Scriptural desires. Psalm 37:4 admonishes, “Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.” However, Psalm 40:8 says, “I desire to do your will, O my God; your law is within my heart,” and Psalm 73:25 says, “And earth has nothing I desire besides you.”

So, when I desire for the Lord to be the master of my life, for His will and teachings to guide all of my actions, and to be obedient with all of my heart, I can be fully persuaded that God has the power and will to make those things happen.

Prayer: Father, give us the faith to know that you have the power and the will to give us the desires of our heart when we consecrate our lives to you.
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A Mere Breath (from 100 Days of Hope)

We often treat our lives as if they have a certain endurance and stability. But their fragility is revealed by our complete dependence on every single breath we take. We do not make or earn these breaths. They are God’s gift of common grace, every one. Moreover, each breath is also the gift of God’s own breath. In the primeval act of life-giving, God exhaled the breath of life into Adam and he “became a living being” (Gen 2:7). Job also refers to “the spirit of God in my nostrils” (27:3).

We are alive at this instant because God’s own breath is in us. How amazing, then, that we usually pay so little attention to breathing: in and out. But if the next breath were not there, we would rapidly cease to care about anything else. The platform of our lives, seemingly solid, balances on an ever-rising, reed-thin column of millions of unnoticed breaths, each of them absolutely indispensable and irreplaceable. “If [God] should…gather to himself his spirit and his breath,” Job says, “all flesh would perish together, and man would return to dust” (34:14-15).

In unexpected moments, may you be blessed with the sudden remembrance that God is as near to you as the last breath that you have unthinkingly drawn. Know that you hold, in your lungs, at that very moment, an infinite and priceless treasure. And then offer it back to the giver by forming your exhalation into a sacrifice of gratitude: “thank you.”

Prayer: Almighty God, I thank you that you are ever with me and that you sustain me with your life-giving breath. Thank you for your Spirit that lives in all who follow Christ. May we strive to remember how close and how active you are in our lives.
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