June 25, 2018

Lamentations 3:22-26…“The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases, his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” vss. 22-23

The writer of Lamentations had endured the total destruction of Jerusalem and experienced first-hand the raw brutality of a powerful conqueror. The temple had been destroyed along with all the palaces and fine homes of the city. The people had experienced famine and starvation. The promised Day of the Lord had come and the devastation was complete. Israel was vanquished! And in the midst of that suffering, the prophet dares to write, “The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases…” Out of the turmoil came words that have brought hope to countless suffering believers. They contain a great truth, one that we continue to experience in our times of lament and challenge. Ugly hard times will come to us. Death and disease seem to stalk us at every turn–but they’re momentary visitors. The pain is there for today but tomorrow will bring the mercies of the Lord. God’s faithfulness never ends. Even if everything we’ve held dear is taken from us, God’s steadfast love never ceases. When the darkness passes, the morning light will dawn and we will know once more that we are loved and cherished, and daily signs of that love will give peace and our tears will be replaced by shouts of joy.

Thought for the Day: Where have I found hope in my suffering?