“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.”
Lamentations 3:22-24 ESV
The above verses are written by the prophet Jeremiah. He was an eyewitness of the destruction of Jerusalem by Babylon and watched the people of Judah being taken away to a distant land. It was not a pretty scene. Their Temple was destroyed…the very place that represented the central place of God’s presence and focal point of worship. The walls of Jerusalem were torn down. They were without homes and they had to search for their food and water. The people lamented and cried out to God. They were in anguish and pain. They wondered where God was.
Do you ever feel this way? Does it seems like your very faith is being shaken…that the walls of God’s protection have left and that the foundation of your life has crumbled? Maybe you are in grief because of sickness, poverty, grief, loss, or pain. Perhaps you are living in fear and dread what tomorrow might bring. You ask yourself where God is.
It is at these times that we must remember the words of Jeremiah. The very words written in the middle of his lament: The Lord’s love and mercy never cease and never come to an end. Each morning there are new opportunities to see and understand His faithfulness to us. The Lord is always enough… there is always hope in Him. Sometimes the most difficult thing to do is to wait on the Lord; to trust Him even when we don’t feel He is there. It is at these times that the Lord often does a greater miracle in our heart. He deepens us and helps us to depend on Him in a way that we never have before. The Lord wants to give us His mercy and show us His love. Persevere in Him in the midst of the suffering and questions. Allow the body of Christ to support you in prayer and be His hands and feet. We were not made to do it alone. May we find a deep and lasting joy in Christ in the midst of the trial. May the love, mercy, steadfastness, faithfulness, and hope of the Lord enfold you in your deepest and darkest hour. If God can restore a nation, He can restore you. There is always hope. We have been reminded of this through the suffering, death, resurrection, and ascension of Jesus to the highest place. He came to bring hope and eternal life to all who trust Him. To God be the glory.