Jeremiah was the author of the Lamentations. In Jeremiah’s writings we see that sin is the main cause of many of our calamities. We also learn from his inspired writings that when we are under trials we must exercise submission, learn repentance, practice faith, and humble ourselves in prayer, knowing we have the promise and hope of promised deliverance through God’s mercy.
I’ll never forget the trouble, the feeling of being lost, the taste of ashes, the poison I’ve swallowed. I remember it all—oh, how well I remember— the feeling of hitting the bottom. But there’s one other thing I remember, and remembering, I keep a grip on hope: God’s loyal love cannot run out, his merciful love cannot dry up. They are created new every morning. How great His faithfulness! I’m counting on God; I say it over and over. He’s all I’ve got left, and all I need.
God proves to be good to the man who passionately waits, to the woman who diligently seeks. It’s a good thing to quietly hope, quietly hope for help from God. It’s a good thing when you’re young to stick it out through the hard times. You can always count on God to be there for you.
When life is heavy and hard to take, go off by yourself. Enter the silence. Bow in prayer. Don’t ask questions: Wait for hope to appear. Don’t run from trouble. Take it full-face. The “worst” is never the worst. Why? Because the Master won’t ever walk out and fail to return. If He works severely, He also works tenderly. His stockpiles of loyal love are immense.
We read here in Lamentations that Jeremiah had a life that you and I can understand all too well. Jeremiah writes about his distress and he shows how he raised above it by the grace of God. This gives us the knowledge to understand that as bad as things get for us in our life; it is only by the grace of God that they are not sometimes worse than they are.
We should observe and watch how He works on our behalf making things work for us, as well His Spirit gives us the insight to see and understand what is against us. We can be guaranteed that God’s compassion fails not; this is evident in our lives on a daily basis, and we have fresh instances of this daily. Our possessions and portion that we have here on earth will perish, but God is our portion and possession forever. It is our obligation and faithfulness and our comfort and satisfaction, to quietly and patiently wait for the salvation of the Lord to be revealed in our lives.
Trials and hardship will develop patience in our lives and that patience will work experience, and that experience a hope in Christ Jesus our Lord in which we will never be ashamed. Have we all not experienced the evil of sin, and are we all not aware of our own sinfulness? It is only by the grace of Christ Jesus upon the cross and our Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed. In Him and Him alone can we say with an unwavering voice- ”The Lord is my portion, He is my hope and my salvation, and in His Word do I trust”.
When your life is in Christ Jesus, there is always hope. Instead of complaining that things are bad, we should encourage ourselves with the hope and assurance in God’s Word that they will be better. We need to understand that we are all sinful by nature. We moan and complain about the things that we have to face and endure and those things will always be far less than what our sins deserve. It is only by the blood of The Lamb that we are worthy to stand before God justified in His righteousness.
When we complain, as we always do and always will, we should complain to God, and not about God. Many times when things are going wrong we tend to blame others, including God, to justify our own problems. But God wants us to search our own hearts and try our own ways that we may turn from our own thoughts and selfishness, to God, His love, and His mercy. We must follow this truth in our hearts when we pray. If we are not honest in our heart of hearts and the truth within us does not reflect in our expressions and prayer, we mock God, and we deceive ourselves.
We must realize that as Jeremiah looked on his hardship he was grieved. But he was also comforted. As he wept, he waited, and as he waited he prayed, knowing that his hope, rescue and salvation would come from no other source than the Lord. And honestly, what are all our sorrows, compared with those of our Redeemer?
Prayer is our breath, drawing in the air of mercy in petitions, and returning it in praises. Prayer proves and maintains our spiritual life. God will deliver us from every trouble, and revive us his children from every persecution.
As Jeremiah said, “The Master won’t ever walk out and fail to return”, I’m counting on God, and I say it over and over.
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