Galatians 4:21-31; Lamentations 3-4; Psalm 146
The cries of anguish from God’s people filled the air. Jeremiah, that great prophet of God, is said to have written a whole book with a number of poems of the complaints and anguish. We know that book as the book of Lamentations. Yes, it is a book of complaints of how the people are dealing with the destruction of Jerusalem, but even in the complaints, we see the hope. “Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed, Because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness.” (Lamentation 3:22-23) In the midst of death and destruction that was unimaginable, Jeremiah found the mercy of God. He said, in effect, that it could be worse and that God’s compassion, even in the midst of that destruction, didn’t fail. These versed from the inspiration for the song “Great is Thy Faithfulness.” The faithfulness of God is often seen not when everything is right with the world, because we often forget God during those times. The faithfulness of God is seen as He continues to walk beside us even during the most difficult times. When we think we are under the worst punishment from God, His faithfulness continues to give us mercy and grace.
Lord, I am grateful that You hear my complaints and that Your mercy continues in spite of them. Your mercy is new every morning. Let me see hope in the midst of despair. Protect me in the difficult times and remind me of Your presence always.