Even in the midst of our darkest hour we can find hope. That’s the message of much of scripture. One of the most profound examples is found in the middle of the Old Testament book of Lamentations. Dealing with the aftermath of the destruction of Jerusalem and the temple in 586 B. C. Jeremiah laments the position Israel finds itself in.
Lamentations is a mere five chapters long, but it is not an easy read. It is full of grief, multiplied by the realization that the terrible events which have transpired were brought on by the nation’s own sin. And yet, in the middle of the book Jeremiah pauses as he remembers God’s faithfulness.
“This I recall to my mind, therefore I have hope. The Lord’s lovingkindnesses indeed never cease, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness. ‘The Lord is my portion,’ says my soul, ‘Therefore I have hope in Him.’”
Every day God renews and creates new ways of demonstrating His lovingkindness, His compassion, and our reason for and source of hope. God is faithful, His love never ends. And that kind of hope must ultimately lead to joy.
These verses were at least in part responsible for the inspiration of the great hymn “Great Is They Faithfulness” by Thomas O. Chisholm. Here’s Chris Rice’s version of that song.
This week I’ll be sharing a portion of Lamentations 3 (I encourage you to read through the entire book to grasp the full sense of the hope Jeremiah describes in this third chapter) during Mid Day Prayer Time around 10:30 AM and 2:30 PM.
Mon 01/29 Lamentations 3:1 – 2
Tue 01/30 Lamentations 3:19 – 20
Wed 01/31 Lamentations 3:21 – 22
Thu 02/01 Lamentations 3:23 – 24
Fri 02/02 Lamentations 3:25 – 26
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