Hope in the darkness

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Deep in the Old Testament you will find a book called Lamentations, and yes the name describes it so well. This book is written by Jeremiah who some have called the weeping prophet, so you can only imagine what the book of Lamentations will cover right? So this week in our daily read for church we read through Lamentations. I was not terribly happy as I saw Lamentations come up, I mean after just finishing Jeremiah you get a little down for the people of Israel, destruction has taken over and all the horrible things Jeremiah had told the people would happen if they remained rebellious would happen, happened. Then, in the midst of my reading this ray of hope came out.

Yet I still dare to hope when I remember this: The faithful love of the Lord never ends! His mercies never cease. Great is His faithfulness; His mercies begin afresh each morning. Lamentations 3:21-23

Jeremiah in the midst of complete and utter destruction, remembered that the Lord is faithful.  He pulled out of the darkest pit I can even imagine and said, great is your faithfulness. I know that times today are hard, we see violence all around us, and wars all over the earth. We see things and experience things we should never experience. In the midst of our darkness, do we remember the Hope?

What blows my mind even more than Jeremiah having hope in such a dark time, when all was lost, and his life was regularly in danger? This all happened before Jesus, before true hope, before we could come to God as we are. I don’t know about you but this definitely checked my heart.

Am I remembering God’s faithfulness in the midst of hard times? Am I able to say Great is Your Faithfulness when all I can see is darkness? What can I do to keep that on the forefront of my mind? I am going to put this verse in various spots around me, to focus me on Him instead of my problem. What can you do? Did this speak to your heart?

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