I saw on Facebook recently – and only British people will understand this – it was a post which said, “Where there is tea, there is hope.”
I was in America recently on a study break and someone said to me, “It’s four o’clock, do you need tea?” I thought to myself, you have watched way too much TV! Only the Queen does that!
Biblically, hope is a confident expectation in the goodness of God. As the people of God are watching their life disappear in 586 BC, it seems like there is no hope, yet this is written in Lamentations 3: “The thought of my suffering and homelessness is bitter beyond words.I will never forget this awful time, as I grieve over my loss. Yet I still dare to hope when I remember this: the faithful love of the Lord never ends! His mercies never cease. Great is his faithfulness; his mercies
begin afresh each morning. I say to myself, “The Lord is my inheritance; therefore, I will hope in him!”
The word ‘dare’ in Hebrew doesn’t translate as a challenge, it actually translates to mean ‘a call’. Its literal meaning is ‘to manifest the courage for any situation or particular purpose, to be bold, to bring one’s self to something’.