Hope in Times of Suffering (Part 5)

Remember O Lord! (Lamentations 5:1-18)

This is a prayer for God to take notice of Jerusalem’s condition. They were not blaming God for what had happen to them as a nation. They were asking God to look at them with compassion.

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In Lamentations 5:16, they acknowledged their sins against God. They also owned up to the consequences of their sins.

This is an important response—and the correct one—that we should learn from Jeremiah and the people of Israel. From our previous posts, we have seen this again and again: we are to repent and acknowledge our sins before our holy God. We must have the right heart and the right response. And whenever we find ourselves in difficult situations, we are to respond in complete trust that He is with us and will forever be faithful to us.

Let us always be reminded of God’s mercy, grace, and love in our lives. We are always to be reminded that in times of suffering, God is sanctifying us so that we may be conformed all the more to the image of His Son, Jesus Christ. Respond then in truth, trust the Lord, and glorify Him in your life.

Let us always be reminded of God’s mercy, grace, and love in our lives.

God’s Glory and a Plea for Restoration (Lamentations 5:19-22)

Jeremiah knew that they were facing such difficult situations as a nation mainly because of their sins (Lam. 5:20). They feared that because of their repeated sins, they would see no end to their suffering. But because they are full of hope in God, notice then Lamentations 5:21: “Restore us to You, O Lord, that we may be restored; Renew our days as of old”.

By God’s grace, they can be restored. Their hope was in God—that He would listen to their cries and would restore them in time.

Our hope should be anchored in God too, especially in times of suffering.

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