a glimmer of hope

“For the Lord will not cast off forever;

but, though he cause grief,

He will have compassion according to the abundance of his steadfast love,

For he does not willingly afflict or grieve the children of man.” – Lamentations 3:31-33

God’s mercies are new every morning… every evening.  It comes in things that we don’t soak in every day—like the sunset or sunrise, marking the close or beginning of a new day.

“Light dawns in the darkness for the upright;

he is gracious, merciful, and righteous.” – Pslam 112:4

The sun never sets without the hope of a dawn.  We never go to bed anxious that morning might never come.  God has given us this hope. Though darkness may come, the sun is sure to rise again. “Beyond this labyrinth of darkness, there is a realm of light.”  We must trod patiently through the darkness to gain the light.  And during that time, God’s mercy never leads us.  It constantly comes as strength to bear each new trial.

“But for you who fear my name, the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its wings. You shall go out like calves leaping from the stall.” – Malachi 4:2

When calves have been shut up in a stall for a few days, and they are let out, they are “fresh,” meaning that they have a burst of strength and energy.  That’s why I love this verse… It promises healing after a tribulation.  A healing that doesn’t come and leave us healed yet weak, but strong, and enabled to do the work of the kingdom.