Monday, August 7, 2006

hope for help.

Jeremiah - the weeping prophet....wrote this lament during one of the darkest hours of his life....it amazes me how in the middle of sadness & pain....He chose to write about God's faithfulness.....and still do what God had asked him to do....even when it hurt him.

This also reminds me of how Jesus cried out to God, at the Garden of Gethsemane, to take the circumstance away from Him, knowing full well the pain He was about to endure....but nevertheless despite the agony...He chose to do God's will...coz He knew it was for something bigger than the actual pain He was going through at that moment....He fixed His eyes on eternal things and put His hope in God.....

oh that i may learn to unswervingly put my hope to the One who knows my beginning and my end.


It's a Good Thing to Hope for Help from God
Lamentations 3:20-33 (MSG)

I'll never forget the trouble, the utter lostness,
the taste of ashes, the poison I've swallowed.
I remember it all—oh, how well I remember—
the feeling of hitting the bottom.
But there's one other thing I remember,
and remembering, I keep a grip on hope:

God's loyal love couldn't have run out,
his merciful love couldn't have dried up.
They're created new every morning.
How great your faithfulness!
I'm sticking with God (I say it over and over).
He's all I've got left.

God proves to be good to the man who passionately waits,
to the woman who diligently seeks.
It's a good thing to quietly hope,
quietly hope for help from God.
It's a good thing when you're young
to stick it out through the hard times.

When life is heavy and hard to take,
go off by yourself. Enter the silence.
Bow in prayer. Don't ask questions:
Wait for hope to appear.
Don't run from trouble. Take it full-face.
The "worst" is never the worst.

Why? Because the Master won't ever
walk out and fail to return.
If he works severely, he also works tenderly.
His stockpiles of loyal love are immense.
He takes no pleasure in making life hard,
in throwing roadblocks in the way



Prayer: what else to say but forgive me my God for doubting and questioning you..forgive me for losing hope...give me abundant grace to live each day with praise in my mouth in the midst of confusion and pain...help me to wake up each morning & be grateful for your loving kindness.....

i surrender all to you...in the offering of worship i feel so much pain & my heart breaks at the thought of not knowing what can happen...but you are all i have...so i will trust in you...for you are my rock & salvation.... therefore i hope in You...thank you for being faithful even when i'm not....thank you for your great faithfulness & your loving kindness. I love you.