Jeremiah Shares Israel’s Affliction (Lamentations 3:1-20)
In the previous articles, we have examined the trials of Jeremiah in the Book of Lamentations. We can, in a way, understand his suffering and why it was a painful situation for him. However, we need to understand that Jeremiah knew that it was God who allowed it in his life. We read in Lamentations 3:18 Jeremiah crying out, “…My strength has perished, and so has my hope in the Lord.”
How could a merciful, compassionate God allow him to suffer?
Hope of Relief in God ( Lamentations 3:21-24)
Jeremiah understood the unchangeable character of God. He understood that the God he serves is not only sovereign, but One whose lovingkindness never ceases, whose compassion never fails and is always new every morning.
Jeremiah exclaims in Lamentations 3:23, “Great is Your faithfulness!” This should also encourage us to find relief in God’s faithfulness. As He had been faithful to Jeremiah, we can also trust that He would continue to be faithful to us, too.
Indeed, when we face such challenging situations, knowing that God does not change gives us hope. Hence, we should look at our situation not from our own, limited perspective, but from the perspective of God. We sometimes think that when our situation is bad, God is not good to us or He is less faithful. However, that is not biblical.
…knowing that God does not change gives us hope.
Jeremiah may have felt unloved and abandoned by God, but deep within him he knew that God would be true to His promises and would fulfill them.
Jeremiah’s hope was not anchored on man, not on anyone else, but on God alone. Let us always put our hope in God, especially when times get tough. When we are tempted to lose hope, let us ask the Lord to remind us of His character. Let us ask for His mercy to enable us to face these trials.
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