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Hope in Christ, Overcome All Sorrow

September 16, 2013

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Jeremiah is known as the weeping prophet. He lived during a difficult time in the history of God’s people. He was faced with difficult assignments from God, and never saw a change of heart in the wicked people of his time. I wanted to share part of the poetic voice of Jeremiah in the book of Lamentations.

Is your life difficult right now? Do you feel like you are alone? Maybe even that God has deserted you? You may be asking yourself how these things keep happening to you if God really loves you, or if God is really a good God what have you done to deserve this?

These are questions we all face from time to time, so rest assured you’re not alone. Also be encouraged as I share a few struggles that Jeremiah faced, however pay attention to how much grief and anguish He is in, but how Hopeful He remains in the majesty and mercy of His God.

Lamentations 3

1 I am the man who has seen affliction by the rod of His wrath

4 He has aged my flesh and my skin, And broken my bones. 

8 Even when I cry and shout, He shuts out my prayer. 

11 He has turned aside my ways and torn me in pieces; He has made me desolate. 

15 He has filled me with bitterness, He has made me drink wormwood. 

16 He has also broken my teeth with gravel, And covered me with ashes

But now watch Jeremiah’s transition…

21 This I recall to my mind, Therefore I have hope. 

22 Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed, Because His compassions fail not. 

23 They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness. 

24 The Lord is my portion, says my soul, Therefore I hope in Him! 

31 For the Lord will not cast off forever. 

32 Though He causes grief, Yet He will show compassion According to the multitude of His mercies. 

This transition totally floored me and encouraged me to remember no matter what I may go through in life, the Lord’s compassion is new every morning. My hope must be in Him, because He will not cast off forever.

Our trials can be there because of our foolishness, our sin, for our discipline or they may be there to build and strengthen our dependency on the Almighty God.

In closing remember this:

25 The Lord is good to those who wait for Him, To the soul who seeks Him. 26 It is good that one should hope and wait quietly For the Salvation of the Lord.

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2 Comments
  1. Mike Sands permalink

    Love it, love it. I pray the LORD strengthens us to have that hope and peace that surpasses all understanding in times of trouble and to know that the LORD is in control and that He will never leave us nor forsake us.

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