Through the LORD’s mercies we are not consumed,
Because His compassions fail not.
They are new every morning;
Great is Your faithfulness.
“The LORD is my portion,” says my soul,
“Therefore I hope in Him!”
The LORD is good to those who wait for Him,
To the soul who seeks Him.
It is good that one should hope and wait quietly
For the salvation of the LORD.
~ Lamentations 3:22-24 ~
This remarkable passage was written by Jeremiah as he watched the destruction of Jerusalem and wept over it, even as Jesus would weep over it many centuries later. In his sorrow and heartbreak he was encouraged by God’s faithfulness to those who “wait quietly For the salvation of the LORD.”
Ray Stedman says that Lamentations is a “book…designed to teach us through what might be called the therapy of trouble, what sorrow teaches us. All through scripture we are told that pain and suffering are God’s instruments by which he teaches us. Through suffering comes strength of character.”
Jesus, “A Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief…has borne our griefs And carried our sorrows…” (Isaiah 53:3,4). Jesus, who suffered and was victorious over pain and death, is the “author and finisher of our faith” (Hebrews 12:2).
Jesus has not left us alone, He has given us His Holy Spirit to teach, guide, and comfort us. He reminds us that His grace is sufficient for us, for His strength is made perfect in weakness (2 Corinthians 12:9). We know, then, that Jesus loves us and is with us and for us, in whatever He allows to come into our lives.
The past year has been horrible for many of us. Some of us have watched loved ones suffer and then had to say goodbye to them; some have lost health, jobs and financial security, homes, or been estranged in marriage and other relationships. These things would overwhelm and leave us despairing of life, were it not for our Lord being with us, comforting and caring for us.
My husband’s brother and his family have had a brutal past year, including the sudden death of a beloved brother and a friend in a helicopter crash in August; and this month, the loss of the parsonage and family cats due to fire. Grief has been piled upon grief.
Since the fire, our heavenly Father has been ministering to their needs — comforting, providing, loving, and caring for them. The church family, neighbors, and village have come to their aid in myriad ways.
This is a painting of the place where they are now living. Built in 1918, this farmhouse property is located in the country, about two miles from where they used to live. Clothing, kitchenware, furniture, and toys, along with financial gifts have been given. The family is settling in; and the boys love to romp about the property discovering its hidden delights. God has also given them two new kittens and they are bringing laughter to the family.
God loves us. He uses everything we experience for our good and for the good of others in that we will be able to encourage and comfort others even as He comforts us. In 2 Corinthians 1:3-4, Paul states,
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
the Father of mercies and God of all comfort,
who comforts us in all our tribulation,
that we may be able to comfort those who are in any trouble,
with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.
The Lord bless you as you live with Him in the dwelling place He has given you; and even though it may be a place of adversity, may you know the blessedness of being found in His strength and in His everlasting arms of love. In Jesus’ name, amen.
If you do not have a personal relationship with Jesus, and are in a very difficult place, please consider His invitation to you:
“Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me,
for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”
~ Matthew 11:28-30 ~
Thank you for joining me in this series. May our Lord richly bless you.