I’ve been reading in Lamentations and thought what a depressing book this was. I understand why the lamenting but I couldn’t wait to get out of it. I even asked the Lord, “Why are you having me read this today?” But………….then I stumbled on chapter 3:21-33
In the beginning of the chapter the author (might be Jeremiah) says, “I am a man of affliction…..” and he goes on to record all the bad things that he was experiencing under the rod of God’s wrath. But then he finally in verse 21 says, “But this I call to mind, and therefor I have hope.” He begins to list the things about God that reminded him of the hope that was before him. And should be a reminder to us when we go through hard times.
- God’s love is steadfast and never ceases. No matter what we do or what we say, He still loves us. He looks into our hearts and He see the person He created us to be. He gives us room to grow. There are consequences for poor decisions but He is always calling us closer and pointing us in a better direction.
- His mercy’s never come to an end and they are new every morning
- His faithfulness is great. God is faithful to His word. He knows the outcome of our circumstances and He promises that His plans are good and not meant to harm us. Though we may be facing trials right now, we know it’s building steadfastness and character in us. James 1: 3 Be assured that the testing of your faith [through experience] produces endurance [leading to spiritual maturity, and inner peace].4 And let endurance have its perfect result and do a thorough work, so that you may be perfect and completely developed [in your faith], lacking in nothing. (AMP) When we believe this, we know that although we feel miserable, our weeping will last for a moment but joy is coming in the morning.
- God is our portion. He is OUR portion! He is everything we need and He is exactly what we need. We need to really get this. He is the ingredient in our recipe for life that brings it all together.
- He is good to those who wait for Him. when we are weak, tired, burdened, confused, helpless etc…..He tells us that when we wait (with anticipation) we will be renewed with fresh strength and we will sour as we move closer to God. We fill find ourselves up and running and not giving up. (See Is 40:31)
- His is good to the soul who seeks Him. He tells us when we seek him we will find him and when we find Him that is definitely a good thing (Jer 29:13)
- Salvation comes from the Lord for those who wait quietly. The Hebrew meaning of wait means waiting expectantly. We can count on God to step into our situations and either deliver us or leads us into victory. When we don’t wait, we don’t listen and usually find ourselves is a much worse situation. When we are quiet we can hear him say……Is 30:21 And your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, “This is the way, walk in it,” when you turn to the right or when you turn to the left.
- He will not be cast off forever. Romans 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. Everything we go through can have a redemptive purpose. God has a good plan for our lives, and we will see things work it out in His timing because He has compassion according to the abundance of His love. His heart is not to afflict or grieve his children. Just as we discipline our children, so does the Lord discipline His (us) but His purpose is to turn our hearts back to Him so He can continue to lead us to accomplish the purpose and plans He has for us.
So the next time you’re feeling hopeless remember who God is and how He is working in your life.