The Book of Lamentations was written by the prophet Jeremiah. He has been called “the weeping prophet” because he is often crying out to God. He is a man of God who battled depression, who understood the dark side, life in a minor key. He was lamenting (weeping) over the destruction of Jerusalem by Babylon. He saw the pain, suffering and anguish that resulted from the destruction. God’s people had given themselves to idols, and God showed them the consequences of hanging onto sin.
Christians battle discouragement and depression, too. Whether from your own disobedience or no fault of your own, life can hold some difficult moments. As Jeremiah was reflecting on how bad the situation was, he said he looked back and considered that God had never not kept His Word. That thought alone brought him hope. He focused on the Lord’s continual love and never-failing kindness. As each day brings its own set of problems and challenges, God is there ready to supply everything that is needed to get through that day. From Lamentations 3:21-25, there are five truths that will never fail:
1. God will never stop loving you, even though you may not feel it at the moment (3:22).
2. God will work today in your life because of Who He is, even though you may not see it at the moment (3:23).
3. God is faithful to His promises, even when it seems like He is not (3:23).
4. God will meet your every need, even though it may appear you are drowning in a sea of doubt (3:24).
5. God is good, even when things look bad (3:25).
Daily Do It
Right now, review the five truths above. Say them out loud. Then, for a moment, look in the rear-view mirror of your life and ask, “Has God ever left me?” “Has God ever not kept His Word to me?” “Has God ever gone back on His Word?” When you think about how God has been with you and how He has come through for you in the past, it gives you great cause for joy as you face the future.
Quote of the Day
“God’s faithfulness means that God will always do what He has said and fulfill what He has promised.”
– Wayne Grudem