Lamentations 3:22-26

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, yes. There’s probably very few of us who would decide to read this small book. Even the majority of the Old Testament prophet books are daunting.

About two months ago, I decided to read through Jeremiah. I’ve got a lot more time on my hands these days and don’t have my ‘normal’ morning routine as I used to. So I have more time and decided to read the Old Testament books that I normally don’t really think of. I finished Jeremiah and Lamentations is right after. “It only has five chapters,” I thought, “This one won’t take too long. Maybe two mornings max.”

I was more reading just to say that I read it, not really expecting anything from it.

But then, I read these verses in chapter 3. I have been wrestling with a few things in my personal life lately and this was refreshing to read.

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;
    his mercies never come to an end;

Each one of us has things that we struggle with. However, as a Christian, we can rest in the love of God no matter what. We may fail, but he will pick us back up again and restore us!

“The Lord is my portion,” says my soul,
    “therefore I will hope in him.”

What are you filling your time with these days? I previously had the feeling that ‘only if I had more time’ I would be able to spend more time with God. Now I have it. Is God enough for you? When all else fails, does our faith in God fail too?

I have to admit that the closest I’ve had to ‘all else failing’ is losing my job about eight months after buying a house and my mom passing away from cancer two months before my daughter was born. I know there have been many who have lost, not only their jobs, but homes, families, homelands and health. It’s in these situations where our faith is tested is where we’ll see how strong it is.

I think this fits right in with what Jeremiah was experiencing. Jerusalem was conquered by Babylon. Many people slaughtered. Homes destroyed. Homeland taken. Freedom removed. And he could still right this truthfully. The Lord is my portion, therefore I will hope in him.

I pray that you will have the same feeling for what you are going through, whether it be job loss from COVID19, depression, isolation anxiety, whatever it is, that you will take the time to either reconnect with God, find God or build up your relationship with him so that you can also say that he is your portion and you hope in him.

God Bless!

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