Carey Lewis Devotions
Sunday, May 10th, 2020
Hope: Requires & Receives Daily Renewal
Through the Lord's mercies we are not consumed,
Because His compassions fail not.
They are new every morning;
Great is Your faithfulness.
'The Lord is my portion,' says my soul,
'Therefore I hope in Him!'
Lamentations 3:22-24 (NKJV)*
Jeremiah's Lamentations call us to look beyond our daily distresses to the one positive path forward: God!

The crying prophet saw devastation like no one would ever want to witness. The lovely city of Jerusalem was ruined-- its people killed or enslaved. He warned them, but they refused to repent.

Through his tears, Jeremiah turned to God. He chose to refocus all of his hope on the Lord's love and abundant mercy--trusting new life would rise from the ashes.

COVID-19 changed life as we know it. Countless millions lost health, jobs and loved ones. The pandemic brought massive destruction... reminding us of Jeremiah's plight, so we must turn to Jeremiah's Light.

God's compassion is new every morning. His faithfulness toward us is constant. After all His great prophets passed away, their invisible Hope was plainly seen.

We have the Benefit of their blind faith: the Man, the Word and the Promise of life. The details of our earthly walks will change, and when these changes seem unbearable... we cling to hope-- as Jeremiah did.

## Hope: Requires & Receives Daily Renewal (Part 29)

* 'His presence with me, my heart tells me, is the best inheritance. And, possessing these, I have that which is sufficient to balance all my troubles, and make up all my losses. For, while portions on earth are empty and perishing things, God is an all-sufficient and durable portion, a portion for ever. Therefore, will I hope in Him -- I will stay myself upon Him, and encourage myself in Him, when all other supports and encouragements fail me' (Benson Commentary on Lamentations 3:24).

P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Hope series.

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"I labored, yet not I. By the grace of God, I am what I am, and do what I do' (paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 15:10). I love God's Word. As a late-in-life committed Christian with no Bible training prior to age 51, some people wonder how I'm qualified to write devotions. I wonder that, too. But God loves children and fools for Him. I am both. Ghost Writer? God.

Carey Lewis

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