How To Stir Hope In Your Heart


Hope is an incredible gift from God.

The hope this world offers is fleeting and transient, but God gives his children hope that is rooted in his unchanging character and faithfulness. Trials may batter us down like waves of the ocean but somehow we come bobbing back up, like human corks. Though at times we may be cast down and discouraged, God gives his children hope through his Word. Sometimes God pours hope into our hearts without our asking. But at other times we must fight for hope, like fish swimming against the current.

I regularly fight for hope with these verses from Lamentations:

But this I call to mind,
and therefore I have hope:
The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;
his mercies never come to an end;
they are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness. Lamentations 3:21-23

Note the connection between actively calling certain truths to mind and gaining hope – “But this I CALL TO MIND and therefore I have hope.”

Hope arises in our hearts as we intentionally call to mind God’s character and promises.

When we suffer, we won’t feel like God is faithful and merciful, so we must actively recall God’s character and promises to mind, as did Jeremiah. What truths about God did Jeremiah call to mind?

First of all,  Jeremiah reminded himself that “the steadfast love of the Lord never ceases.”

God’s love is steadfast: steady, faithful, unceasing. His love is more constant than the seasons, more dependable than the sunrise. Neither life, death, demons, disease, enemies, or our own personal failures can separate us from God’s love in Christ. We may not feel God’s love, but that does not mean it has ceased. It is especially in times when we are not feeling his love that we must remind ourselves of the truth that the steadfast love of the Lord never ceases.

The next truth Jeremiah called to mind was…”His mercies never come to an end.”

God has infinite reserves of mercy stored up for us. He is an ocean of mercy with no boundaries. In Christ we will continue receiving grace upon grace for all eternity. God has promised that he will show us his his immeasurable kindness to us in Christ for the coming AGES (Eph 2.7)! That’s how much mercy God has stored up for us. So much that it will take ages to reveal its vastness to us.

Jeremiah also regularly called to mind this truth…God’s mercies “are new every morning.”

Every single day God has new mercies for us. He has grace we can’t imagine – unexpected answers to prayer, wisdom for our children, provision for our tables, new joys, new ways to serve him. He has new strength for us. His mercies are new every single morning.

And finally Jeremiah regularly recalled this truth about God… “Great is your faithfulness.”

God’s faithfulness is infinite. It reaches to the heavens. He who sustains the galaxies will be faithful to uphold our lives. The One who provides for the sparrows and lilies, who waters the forests and feeds the teeming creatures of the oceans, will surely and certainly be faithful to those he purchased with his Son’s precious blood. GREAT is his faithfulness.

Morning by morning we must actively call these things to mind.

Every single day we must remind ourselves of Christ’s unceasing, steadfast love. We must call these things to mind in good times and bad. When we feel God’s love and when we don’t. I would recommend that you memorize these verses from Jeremiah. Every morning when you wake up thank him for his mercies that are new that day. Praise him for his great faithfulness. Do this whether you feel like or not. Call these truths to mind and believe God’s promises and he will cause hope to rise in your heart.

Mark Altrogge

I’m a pastor at Saving Grace Church in Indiana, PA. I’m married to Kristi, have 5 kids, and a growing number of grandkids. I enjoy songwriting, oil painting and coffee, not necessarily in that order.