Lamentations 22-26 – “Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.” The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him; it is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord”.
With all the strife and craziness that surround us every day, it is difficult to see any hope. But in the book of Lamentations, Jeremiah was able to see a glimmer of hope when he wrote… “ because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail…” Whatever you have faced recently, there is hope in the midst of affliction. There is hope in the midst of uncertainty. There is hope in the midst of whatever storm just rocked your world. I, like Jeremiah know first hand God’s faithfulness. I know that his word is not false, he is who is says he is, and does what he promises to do, even if that means allowing conflict, setbacks, and delayed blessings. In the end, the Word of God says, his mercies are new every morning and that he is good to those who put their hope in him (vs. 23-25).
Where does your hope lie today? Is it in your job, your bank account, perhaps your friends…other idols you have erected for yourself? Whatever you have lost for hoping in something other than God, the good news is that there forgiveness and there is the promise of restoration and blessing. Waiting on God is often trying, but I urge you to trust in the faithfulness of God; in doing so you will gain confidence in his promises for your future.
“Most laws condemn the soul and pronounce sentence. The result of the law of my God is perfect. It condemns but forgives. It restores – more than abundantly – what it takes away.” – Jim Elliot