Passage to Read: Lamentations 3:21-24

Lamentations is a book with tears. A lot of tears.
Jeremiah expresses much sadness in the book of Lamentations. His grief ran deep and the tears shed were not self-centered tears. Jeremiah wept because the people had rejected their God.
He knew the selfishness and sinfulness of the people would bring them much suffering. Jeremiah’s heart broke from the same things that break God’s heart.
The first two chapters of Lamentations are filled with Jeremiah’s mourning and God’s anger at sin.
When we arrive to Lamentations 3, we would expect to see the wrath of God and judgement for their sins. What we find in Lamentations 3 is hope. Hope in the midst of affliction and suffering.
In Lamentations 3:19-20, Jeremiah pours his heart out. The thought of his suffering is beyond words, and he declares that he will never forget the awful time he is currently experiencing.
As soon those words leave his lips we arrive at these verses:
 “But this I call to mind, 
and therefore I have hope: 
The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;
His mercies never come to an end; 
they are new every morning; 
great is your faithfulness. 
 “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, 
“therefore I will hope in him.”
When our suffering is beyond words and we feel the mounting pain begin to consume us, we can have hope.
Oh sweet sister. Write these words on your heart. I beg you. Repeat these words to yourself, all day, every day. When the day seems overwhelming, call to mind these words and you will have hope.
When the people of Jerusalem were stuck in destruction of their sinful lives, God didn’t respond like we would have. He responded with words of hope. Hope found in Him.
Jeremiah saw this one ray of hope even in all the sin and suffering around him. Our hope in the midst of suffering can be found in the following truths from this passage.

We can trust these truths, cling to these truths. Our hope is found in Him!

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