Have you ever been so overwhelmed by sorrow that you couldn’t speak or move? If you have experienced this kind of sorrow, then you can understand firsthand the emotions of Jeremiah as he wrote the book of Lamentations. This book is a sobbing funeral song for the death of Jerusalem and the captivity of her people because of their sins. Each word in this book seems to be penned by someone with no hope. It is almost as if you could visualize the tears of Jeremiah falling onto every page.
Even though this book may seem to be full of destruction and desolation, there is a passage that may be familiar to you. It is the one ounce of hope that fills this barrelful of sadness.”It is of the LORD’S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness”– What a message of hope and renewal!
We often forget the glimmer of light and hope found in these words amidst this seemingly dark book of sorrow in the Bible. Jeremiah’s soul was aching, but he knew the Lord could cure it all. There may be times when you want to sink into despair. But even in the deepest pit of sorrow, there is One who will reach in and rescue you. Then you will be able to repeat the same words Jeremiah used: “The LORD is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him” (Lamentations 3:24)—
If you are experiencing sorrow, ask the Lord to rescue you from the pain and sorrow. If you know someone who is going through this battle, pray for God’s peace on their lives and point them to the ray of hope found in Lamentations. (From “Senior Living”. Scripture references changed to the KJV).
Notice the words “every morning”–whatever you are forced to face today, God is faithful–He never fails! Amid your misery He is merciful. You can be helped by placing your hope in Him!