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. Lamentations 3:21–23
Today there are many people around the world for whom every day is an intense struggle, if not for survival, at least for hope. While for most of us paying bills, getting physical checkups, and balancing a social life is the norm, for others poverty, disease, and persecution are the routine.
One person I read about was rejected by his friends, his family, his co-workers, even the ruler of his nation. He was ultimately imprisoned and died a martyr’s death, never seeing any of the fruit of the labor of his faithful life. It’s hard for most of us to relate to such realities—to live with such painful obstacles every day, to find relief only in death. It’s amazing to me that this person who lived with such trials also wrote, “Therefore I have hope” (Lamentations 3:21).