Lamentations 3:21, Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: 22Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed, for His compassions never fail. 23They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness. 24I say to myself, “The LORD is my portion; therefore I will wait for Him.

James 1:22, Do not merely listen to the Word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.

Here is the thought of the day, choose hope! Hopeless situations are a natural part of life. We can’t escape or evade them, and if we focus on them they will swallow us up. It’s been rightly said that our problems will either make us bitter or better, and the choice is ours. The Old Testament Prophet Jeremiah, went through some major difficulties not only personally but with the nation of Israel. Jeremiah had every reason to become hopeless and discouraged, but he didn’t.

In the midst of those difficulties Jeremiah wrote one of my favorite verses in all of Scripture found in Lamentations 3:22, “Because of the LORD’s great love, we are not consumed, for His mercy never fail. 23They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” Jeremiah said even though things seem hopeless, I’m choosing hope. He was choosing hope because God’s mercy never fails and His compassions are new every morning because great is God’s faithfulness. As you make your journey, choose hope, don’t choose hope because things are great in your life, choose hope because God is great and His mercy never fails.

Take care and have a blessed day!
John Mark Caton, Ph.D

What did you hear?  What did God say to you as you read today’s Scripture and devotion?


What do you think?  How does it apply to your life?



What will you do?  Don’t just be a hearer of the Word. Be a doer of the Word. (James 1:22)



Now talk to God:  This is where you turn your thoughts into prayer. It could be a prayer of gratitude of praise. It could be a prayer of confession or a request for God’s help. It’s up to you. Take a minute to write a prayer or response to what God said to you.