A Hopeful Lament

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My favorite passage in the Bible is found in the Book of Lamentations.

This book is written by the prophet Jeremiah at a time of immense national calamity for the nation of Israel. The nation is going to fall and it’s people will go into captivity in a foreign nation. 

The first three chapters of the book describe a hopeless situation. Hunger,  death and disease are rampant.

Judgement has come to the nation and it is deserved.

Yet in the midst of his despair for the nation Jeremiah writes the following:

But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope:

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.

“The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in him.” The Lord is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him.

Lamentations 3:21-25

Jeremiah reminds us that, whatever our circumstances are, we can trust the inherent goodness and mercy of the Lord. We can place our hope in God. 

When we place our hope in people they may fail us.

When we place our hope in our own wisdom we can be fooled. 

When we place our hope in our wealth and position it can disappear. 

But if we place our hope in the Lord,  it is not just wishful thinking. Because we are certain that his character,  his heart, his goodness – they will never disappoint us. 

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