Do you ever feel like Jeremiah, the weeping prophet? Seems like life is full of hard things with no change on the horizon? You may have found yourself in a place you never wanted to be and certainly never asked for. All around you is discouragement and distress. Well, take courage! Just as God spoke to Jeremiah, in the midst of his lament,so He also speaks to you in the place that you are in right now.
In the center of the book of Lamentations we find the apex of the entire book. The writer seems to pause and say these very strategic words in verse 21 of chapter 3…
“Yet this I call to mind and therefore, I have hope!”
What follows are statements of faith that the writer chooses to remember. He makes a will choice to call Truth to his mind. And just what is it that he calls to mind?
Verse 22– Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed for His compassions never fail.
Verse 23– They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness.
Verse 24– I say to myself, the Lord is my portion therefore I will wait for HIM.
Verse 25– The Lord is good to those whose hope is in Him, to the one who seeks Him.
Verse 26– It is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the LORD.
Did this writer’s situation change? (no, just keep on reading). Did he continue to have difficult days? (yes) So the same may be true of us, but I encourage you (while in the midst of the mayhem) to say… YET THIS I CALL TO MIND…
Make a will choice to remember God and what is true about His love for you. Do this whether you feel like it or not. Act on faith and not on sight. All changes in our difficult place when we remember and believe that God is in the midst of it with us . He is closer than our very breath. So, say to yourself these verses, speak. cry, or shout them aloud. And you will relize God was there all the while… And you will have HOPE.