I read the book of Lamentations this morning in my time with God and was very encouraged and wanted to share some of it with you in hopes of encouraging you. You might have read the title of this blog post and thought “how can I get encouragement from Lamentations?” That would be common, it is for me anyways. But it is there.
Overall the book of Lamentations is basically a difficult conversation with God. The conversation is full of honesty about the authors struggle to gain hope in the midst of great difficulty. But even in the midst of the pain the author finds hope. One of the most important words in the book is the word “yet” found in Lamentations 3:21.
“Yet I call this to mind, and therefore I have hope: Because of the Lords faithful love we do not perish, for his mercies never end. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness! I say, “The Lord is my portion, therefore I will hope in him.” The Lord is good to those who wait for him, to the person who seeks him. It is good to wait quietly for salvation from the Lord.” (Lamentations 3:21-26, CSB)
There is pain, difficulty, doubt, discouragement, loss, hurt, grief, and more. This has been a difficult year for everyone on the planet. All have been impacted by the global pandemic called COVID-19. And all have experienced pain and hut beyond the challenges that the virus has brought us. I know I have.
Yet, I remember this – the Lord is faithful, His mercies never end, His mercies are new every morning, His faithfulness is great, He is my portion, He is good to those who wait on Him. I pray that you can remember this today as well.