Most recently I have been meditating on chapter three of the Book of Lamentations 3:21 This I recall to mind, therefore I have hope. 22 It is of The Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not.
IF NOT FOR GOD’S MERCIES I WOULD HAVE PERISHED.
They that lose hope feel and believe that they are a failure. Hopeless people believe that they have let themselves and others down. Their loss of hope clouds all reasonable thinking; the smallest of issues can become as heavy as a ball of steel. Like a recking ball, it pounds and destroys anything in it’s path. Hopelessness starts out small in size and in weight, but if not dealt with in a timely fashion it will grow out of control. Like a recking ball hopelessness picks up momentum as it travels.
Perhaps you have experienced what I have just described or maybe someone you know is currently experiencing hopelessness. If we place our hope and trust in ourselves, people, places or things; sooner or later we will come under the yoke of hopelessness. The prophet Jeremiah experienced this first hand as he looked down on the destruction of Israel from a hill top. Jeremiah realized and meditated on the mercies of The Lord and how they are fresh every morning. We would all do well to have Jeremiah’s perspective on the mercies of The Lord.
When was the last time you meditated on the tender mercies that you have received from the Lord? And what did you do to deserve God’s mercies? The funny thing about mercy is when we’ve been wronged we want and often demand justice. But when we’ve wronged others and face dire consequences we want mercy. This very dilemma caused Jeremiah to reflect on the mercies of The Lord. They are fresh every morning and without them we would all perish.
In our darkest despair there is always hope if we trust in The Lord. God’s help is not dependent on how righteous we are but how repenting our heart is. Are we willing to confess our sin and seek God’s help to turn from sin? It’s foolish to think you or I can muster or even muscle up enough strength to stand under the weakest of trials. “Let us lay aside every weight and sin which does so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us.” Hebrews 12:1
Have you ever seen God work out a trial for your good?
As bad as things are, having the knowledge that they could be a whole lot worse if not for the mercies and grace of God, is a real eye opener. This is how it was for the prophet Jeremiah when he wrote Lamentations. The prophet Isaiah wrote: “They that wait upon The Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings of eagles.” Isaiah 40:31
We would do well to know the true nature of ourselves and how satan works against us and that our hope should always be in Christ Jesus, not people, places or things. Through the ages men and women have placed their hope in these and have been sorely disappointed. They have idolized places of worship, more then the creator. They have worshiped the created things more then God and have placed their hope in possessions which could not save them from their calamities. God’s compassion fails not; His mercies are fresh each morning.