Comments on Verses from Prophets

Lamentations

Lamentations 3:22-24 “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.”

In the midst of lamenting the fate of Jerusalem and the people of Judah, Jeremiah remembers that God is faithful to His word and especially His promises. Jeremiah has long been burdened with the sad news of captivity, and his prophetic warnings have gone unheeded. In Lamentations, he cries out because of the terrible things that are coming, and then he remembers what God is like. He recalled the nature of God, and suddenly in the midst of gloom and doom, he has hope.

Why does he have hope in the middle of such a desperate circumstance? He remembers that God is faithful. God does not run out of mercy. That should give us hope in the middle of our own personal time of gloom and doom. Things look bad in our own time. So much evil around us. Humanity seems caught up in the middle of such sin as to bring a flood of punishment. In a pandemic of sin, filled with injustice and evil thinking, we who are God’s people must not despair. God is faithful, and His mercies never end.

Task for Today: Do not give up hope for a better day. In spite of our cultural and political climate, keep in mind that your Christian side wins. You may feel the need for mercy, and today you have it because God’s mercy never comes to an end. Do not put your hope in horses but put it in God. All other hope fails, but He will never fail you. Like Jeremiah, you can be sad at what is happening in your land but do not despair, great is His love, and so great is His mercy.

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