“The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in him.”
By David Wilkerson
Let me tell you what it is going to take to overcome in these last days. We must stand on every promise, believe every promise, and pray in faith, effectually, fervently, without doubt — then wait and rest, trusting the Lord to do what is right, in His time and His way. Few Christians today wait with patience for God to work in His time. The more it is delayed, the angrier some get. Some finally give up, thinking God doesn't answer.
Don't think Jeremiah continued in despair! Like David, he came out into a glorious place of hope and victory. He remembered that his God was full of compassion and tender mercies: "This I recall to my mind, therefore have I hope. It is of the Lord's mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness. The Lord is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him. The Lord is good unto them that wait for him, to the soul that seeketh him. It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the Lord.... For the Lord will not cast off for ever: but though he cause grief, yet will he have compassion according to the multitude of his mercies" (Lamentations 3:21-26,31-32).
David, in the same Psalm we began with, said "...For the Lord hath heard the voice of my weeping. The Lord hath heard my supplication; the Lord will receive my prayer" (Psalm 6:8-9). He has bottled every tear, received every cry, listened attentively to every prayer. You can rest assured that if you must go through a hot furnace of affliction, He will be right there with you. God has a purpose for everything He allows — and for every difficult trial, He gives special grace.