21Yet I still dare to hope when I remember this:Lamentations 3:21
Jeremiah, a prophet to the southern kingdom of Israel before they were taken captive by Babylon, warned the people of Israel what would happen if they didn’t surrender to Babylon. The king, Zedekiah, didn’t listen and the people of Jerusalem suffered needlessly.
Lamentations is written after the people have gone into exile. It highlights some of the really horrible suffering the people endured. In spite of the terrible suffering, Jeremiah says he still had hope! How? What was he remembering that incited hope?
22The faithful love of the Lord never ends! His mercies never cease. 23Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning. 24I say to myself, “The Lord is my inheritance; therefore, I will hope in him!” 25The Lord is good to those who depend on him, to those who search for him. 26So it is good to wait quietly for salvation from the Lord.Lamentations 3:22-26
I find six attributes of God in this short passage that inspire hope!
I also note three positive actions necessary to experience this hope.
I don’t know about you, but I haven’t experienced the atrocities the people of Judah did in captivity. And yet, I find that my hope waxes and wanes. I need this reminder that my hope can be alive and active in spite of the difficulty of life.
So, remember this…