As I have said early on in our reading of Jeremiah, and now Lamentations, I am beginning to see some great lessons in the life of Jeremiah; I think he is quickly becoming one of my favorite prophets. Why? Jeremiah was right where he was supposed to be – doing what he was supposed to be doing – following all the Lord’s command’s, walking and talking with the Lord, and yet his life was not easy. Too often, we, well at least me, think that when we are living out the Lord’s calling in our lives that life will be easy and that we will be blessed. Well we are, but often the blessing does not come in the way we expect or think.
As I was reading the first 3 chapters of Lamentations my initial reaction was one of sadness and heartsickness (is that a word?) I see Jeremiah fluctuate between his heart hurting for the children of God and his own struggles and lament; my heart was aching for Jeremiah. Then, I get to verses 3:21-24 and I see Jeremiah’s hope. He knows God’s faithfulness; He has tasted and knows of God’s great love, compassion and mercy. Jeremiah’s confidence and resolve comes from his relationship with God. We learn from Jeremiah that when life looks hopeless we are not. When our situations continue on and on and on and on and – we can know that God is in the midst of it all. We can know that when we go to God each morning His compassion – His mercies will be new and we can find strength for the day, for God’s faithfulness is unwavering, steadfast and true!
Jeremiah also is a good mentor in this chapter, he not only reveals hope in the situation but he shares with the answer to finding that hope when we lose our way. In verses 24-27 Jeremiah tells us to
1. Say to ourselves the Lord is our portion – wait upon Him
2. The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks Him (seek the Lord)
3. It is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord (in other words don’t be taking matters into your own hands – wait for God).
Until next time – Be Encouraged