The Bible Edge
Everyone needs an Edge, Believers can have the Bible Edge
Lamentations 3:21 This I recall to my mind, therefore have I hope.
What did he recall, what brought him hope? The following 15 verses give us a glimpse.
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.
It is good for a man that he bear the yoke in his youth.
He sitteth alone and keepeth silence because he hath borne it upon him.
He putteth his mouth in the dust; if so be there may be hope.
He giveth his cheek to him that smiteth him: he is filled full with reproach.
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.
For he doth not afflict willingly nor grieve the children of men.
To crush under his feet all the prisoners of the earth,
To turn aside the right of a man before the face of the most High,
To subvert a man in his cause, the Lord approveth not. (Lamentations 3:22-36)
This portion of Scripture is not only a tremendous prophecy of the coming Saviour, it is a real help to those who need to control their mind and only let good things in. Try to memorize it or write it on a card to keep in your pocket. Then, when the wrong thoughts attempt to invade, recite it, or read it, and let your mind think about the rich promises it shares. This will help, guaranteed!
One fact of life that must be faced in life is this: it takes work and determination to control one’s mind. Jeremiah, who wrote Lamentations, stated that he recalled to mind some things that gave him hope. He recalled them. He remembered them, he wrote them down, he meditated upon them, he did this on purpose. Why? Just read the first 20 verses of Lamentations 3, they will tell you. Here is a sampling: He hath filled me with bitterness, he hath made me drunken with wormwood. He hath also broken my teeth with gravel stones, he hath covered me with ashes. And thou hast removed my soul far off from peace: I forgat prosperity. (verses 15-17). The prophet of God was in a bad place. But he did not stay there, he forced himself to remember some things that turned his grief of mind into peace of mind. He found hope because he recalled some promises of God. He had an edge which has been published in the Holy Word of God to give us an edge; a Bible Edge.
William T. Howe, Ph.D.