It’s a good thing to quietly hope, quietly hope for help from God.—LAMENTATIONS 3:26 MSG
Hope is essential to life. Without it, life has no meaning, no purpose.
How much truer that is in our spiritual lives. The hope of eternal life in heaven grows more powerful the longer we live in our earthly bodies. Hope keeps us going in the midst of trouble and heartache. It allows us to live in expectation of life with no pain, no sorrow, no trouble of any kind to mar our eternal existence.
Jeremiah is often called the “weeping prophet.” Yet even in his lament over Judah’s sin and turning away from God, he wrote these words: “It’s a good thing to quietly hope…for help from God.” Dwelling on the confusion and chaos of his day only added to Jeremiah’s distress. The prophet knew that keeping his focus on the Lord was essential to seeing the hope of his people’s salvation that God had promised.
God calls us to “cease striving” (Psalm 46:10 NASB), so that we can know Him and understand the hope of His calling (Ephesians 1:18). He wants us to quietly hope and wait on God’s promises for strength (Isaiah 40:31), for endurance (1 Corinthians 10:13), for peace (Romans 15:13), for salvation (1 Thessalonians 5:8), for eternal life in heaven (Titus 1:2)—for others as well as for ourselves.