But this I call to mind, and therefore I have 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.” The Lord is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him. It is good that one should wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord. (Lamentations 3:21-26 ESV)
Sometimes (maybe very often) it seems that life is not going the way we had planned. It seems as if everything is going wrong or has become a challenge. We wonder where God is and after a while we can begin to lose hope. The longer this continues the more our hopelessness turns into desperation. A bleak place to be.
Jeremiah was experiencing something similar but at his low point he remembers that the unfailing love of the Father never ends or runs out. It is that memory, at the critical point, which begins to restore his hope. He remembers that the love of God brings new mercies each and every day, that God is a faithful Father.
As his hope is rekindled he is once again able to put his trust in God and begin to wait for his salvation to come. Note that his hope does not spur him into action or works but causes him to rest and wait. Too often, when our hope starts to come alive we throw ourselves back into activity. Jeremiah encourages us to wait, to seek him and once again to wait quietly for the Lord.
When the joy of our heart has faded away let us seek renewal as we rest in his presence.
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