As Jeremiah was receiving and writing prophecies from God, he was also writing the lamentations. His heart was broken at the destruction of Jerusalem and the fall of his people. As Israel and Judah fell farther and farther away from the Lord, the Lord resorted to the only thing that ever worked with His people. He brought on them calamity. Jeremiah was torn by this. He was one of the many mouthpieces for God declaring this end was coming. He was one of those that had the job of calling people to repentance.
After all is done and Judah is conquered and destroyed, Jeremiah is in the midst of despair, but a hope rises in him. He knows the Lord and he knows the Lord’s mercy. In the middle of writing about his gloom, he writes this:
Lamentations 3:21–26 (NKJV) — 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!”
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.
Though all seemed lost to the eye, Jeremiah had a hope. He remembered the Lord’s mercies. He knew he and a remnant remained because of the Lord’s mercies. The Lord had also given him prophecy of a future salvation of his people. Jeremiah knew he would have to wait. He knew Israel would have to wait. The Lord was his portion and the Lord was Israel’s portion. But there must be a time of waiting.
Jeremiah knew to wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord. He was looking forward to the Lord’s coming. Jesus would come and die on the cross for all Israel. But, it was much bigger. Jesus came to die for the whole world. For those who wait for Him, the soul who seeks Him, He will be found.
John 3:16–17 (NKJV) — 16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.
From that great old hymn that is written from this passage in Lamentations, I can hear those wonderful words now.
“Great is Thy faithfulness!” “Great is Thy faithfulness!“
Morning by morning new mercies I see;
All I have needed Thy hand hath provided—
“Great is Thy faithfulness,” Lord, unto me!
In His Service, Scott
This Week’s Reading Plan:
- Day 1 – Ezekiel 16-17
- Day 2 – Ezekiel 18-20
- Day 3 – Ezekiel 21-22
- Day 4 – Ezekiel 23-24
- Day 5 – Ezekiel 25-27
- Day 6 – Ezekiel 28-30
- Day 7 – Ezekiel 31-33