It takes faith to maintain your hope when you see mothers cooking their own children.
In Lamentations, Jeremiah is tremendously depressed. This prophet had warned his people to obey God so they would not face destruction, but they did not listen.
As a result, the Babylonians ruined the city of Jerusalem, killing adults and children, leaving some of the people in the city to die from famine, and dragging many off into captivity.
Jeremiah went about mourning in the streets, for his prophecies were fulfilled. However, in Lamentations 3:21, the prophet made a decision to focus on the love of God instead of his downcast soul.
Listen, it takes faith to continue to hope when all you want to do is wallow in your sorrows. Yet, Jeremiah declared in verses 21-23,
Yet this I call to mind
and therefore I have hope:
Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed,
for his compassions never fail.
They are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.
A message for us
God is merciful. Instead of allowing us to be punished because we have disobeyed Him, God often blesses us instead. That is actually the message of the Gospel. Our compassionate and forgiving God chose to sacrifice His Son, Jesus, that we might have eternal life, not eternal death.
Like Jeremiah, you probably have been in a situation where everything in your life was ruined. Perhaps you are facing difficult times now.
Nevertheless, we need to be like this prophet who chose to focus on our God of mercy instead of the ruthless ruins around us. God will not let you die in that situation. He loves you too much and each day He provides new compassion for you. Receive new kindness, mercy, sympathy, and benevolence now in the name of Jesus!
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