Enough for Today - Lamentations 3:22-24

Verse of the Day - Day 34

Lamentations 3:22-24 - Enough for Today
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Today's Bible Verse:

Lamentations 3:22–24

The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. "The LORD is my portion," says my soul, "therefore I will hope in him." (ESV)

Today's Inspiring Thought: Enough for Today

Throughout history hordes of people have anticipated the future with a combination of longing and fear.

They have greeted each new day with a feeling of emptiness and purposelessness about life.

As a teenager, before I received salvation in Jesus Christ, I woke each morning with a sense of dread. However, that all changed when I encountered the love of my Savior. Since then I have discovered one sure thing I can count on: the steadfast love of the Lord. Just as certain as the sun will rise in the morning, we can trust and know that God's strong love and tender mercy will greet us anew each day.

Our hope for today, tomorrow, and for all eternity is based firmly in God's unchanging love and unfailing mercy. Every morning his love and mercy are refreshed, new again, like a brilliant sunrise.

The Lord Is My Portion

"The Lord is my portion" is an interesting phrase in this verse. A Handbook on Lamentations offers this explanation:

The sense of The LORD is my portion may often be rendered, for example, “I trust God and I need nothing more,” “God is everything; I need nothing else,” or “I need nothing because God is with me.”

So great is the Lord's faithfulness, so personal and sure, that he holds out just the right portion--everything we need--for our souls to drink in today, tomorrow, and the next day. When we wake up to discover his steady, daily, restorative care, our hope is renewed, and our faith is reborn.

The Bible associates hopelessness with being in the world without God.

Separated from God, many people conclude that there is no reasonable basis for hope. They think to live with hope is to live with an illusion. They consider hope irrational.

But the hope of the believer is not irrational. It is based firmly on God, who has proven himself faithful. Biblical hope looks back on everything God has already done and trusts in what he will do in the future. At the heart of Christian hope are the resurrection of Jesus and the promise of eternal life.

(Sources: Reyburn, W. D., & Fry, E. M. (1992).  (p. 87). New York: United Bible Societies; Elwell, W. A., & Beitzel, B. J. (1988). In Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible (p. 996). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House.)