January 29

Great is Thy Faithfulness

Bible Reading: Lamentations 3:19-26

God called Jeremiah into his prophetic ministry, forewarning him of troubles to come both for him and especially for his people.  Jeremiah was faithful to fulfill his ministry, undeterred in the face of persecution, repeatedly warning the people of God’s pending judgment.  The people refused to heed Jeremiah’s warnings, and in God’s timing judgment came.

King Nebuchnezzar of Babylon captured Jerusalem after a very long siege.  Over the next few months the temple and royal palace were destroyed by fire and the city walls were torn down.  All the vessels and furnishings from the temple were confiscated and sent to Babylon. People lay dead in the streets.  Others were taken captive to Babylon.  Only a few poor people were left to tend the land. Jeremiah was a witness to it all–the death, the sorrow, the pain, the cries for help, the tears, the utter gut-wrenching horror of it all.  So we are not surprised when we read of Jeremiah’s response: “My endurance has perished; so has my hope from the Lord” (Lamentations 3:18).

It’s not just that Jeremiah’s circumstances were terrible, which they were, but they were a direct affront to all he loved and held dear–the city, the temple, the priesthood, his people.  It’d be hard to imagine the agony he must have felt.  It’s in this context that we read, “But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope” (Lamentations 3:21).  Here’s a great example of why it is important that we think rightly about God.  Jeremiah’s circumstances were saying one thing (doom), but there were better thoughts, truths bound up in God, that Jeremiah needed to remind himself of if he were to find hope.

“The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.  ‘The Lord is my portion,’ says my soul, ‘therefore I will hope in him’ (Lamentations 3:22-24).”  Jeremiah reminded himself of the steadfast love, mercies, and faithfulness of God.  Perhaps he thought back to the promises of future blessings God had spoken of through him.  Or, maybe he reminded himself of how God led him to buy a piece of property in that doomed region, assuring Jeremiah that “houses and fields and vineyards shall again be bought in this land (Jeremiah 32:15).  In reminding himself of God’s faithfulness, the fact that He will always do as He has promised, Jeremiah found hope.  What about you?  Are you facing challenges that threaten to overwhelm you?  Are you losing hope amidst the chaos of these uncertain days?  Remind yourself of how God has proven Himself faithful in your past.  Lay hold of some promises in His word that you can meditate on.  Encourage yourself in the precious truth that you can always count on God!  

Heavenly Father.  How we praise You for your faithfulness!  No matter what we face in life, You are always faithful.  We can count on You to fulfill every single promise in Your Word.  Forgive us that though You’ve proven Yourself faithful to us time-after-time, we have not always trusted You as we should.  May our hearts find great hope and assurance in Your faithfulness, that we might walk in a manner pleasing to You.

Author: looking2jesus13

Having served as pastor at Lewis and Clark Bible Church, in Astoria, Oregon, for almost three decades, my wife’s cancer diagnosis led to my retirement and subsequent move to Heppner to be near our two grandchildren. I divide my time between caring for Laura and working as a part time hospice chaplain and spending time with family and spoiling my chocolate lab.

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