2012-05-05 - Our Hope
The book of Lamentations was written by the prophet Jeremiah, following the destruction of Jerusalem by the Babylonians. The people of Judah were led away into captivity, and those left in Jerusalem found nothing but desolation. The city and temple were in ruins. Jeremiah, who witnessed all this, wrote the book as a series of laments or wailings. Jeremiah was demonstrating his and the people's pain. What would the future hold for these survivors? Despite his despair, Jeremiah showed his hope for the future when he said:
"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. I say to myself, 'The Lord is my portion; therefore, I will wait for Him.'" (Lamentations 3:21-24, NIV)
Today we face many situations in life where we may feel loss and despair - unemployment, "failures," a serious illness, the loss of a relationship or other disappointments and pains. We may feel like there is no hope. Jeremiah reminds us that our hope in the Lord. We are to turn to Him with our pains, doubts, and worries. God's love for us will never fail.