A Time to Hope

26 Mar 2020, 12:54 // Hannah Kelly

 

Lamentations 3 v 19 - 36 (The Message)

 

19-21 I’ll never forget the trouble, the utter lostness,

    the taste of ashes, the poison I’ve swallowed.

I remember it all—oh, how well I remember—

    the feeling of hitting the bottom.

But there’s one other thing I remember,

    and remembering, I keep a grip on hope:



22-24  GOD’s loyal love couldn’t have run out,

    his merciful love couldn’t have dried up.

They’re created new every morning.

    How great your faithfulness!

I’m sticking with GOD (I say it over and over).

He’s all I’ve got left.

25-27  GOD proves to be good to the man who passionately waits,

to the woman who diligently seeks.

It’s a good thing to quietly hope,

    quietly hope for help from GOD.

It’s a good thing when you’re young

    to stick it out through the hard times.



28-30  When life is heavy and hard to take,

    go off by yourself
. Enter the silence.

Bow in prayer. Don’t ask questions:

    Wait for hope to appear.

Don’t run from trouble. Take it full-face.

    The “worst” is never the worst.



31-33  Why? Because the Master won’t ever

    walk out and fail to return.

If he works severely, he also works tenderly.

    His stockpiles of loyal love are immense.

He takes no pleasure in making life hard,

    in throwing roadblocks in the way:



34-36  Stomping down hard on luckless prisoners,

Refusing justice to victims

    in the court of High God,

Tampering with evidence—

    the Master does not approve of such things.

 

Lamentations is an amazing book of poetry written in a time of deep distress. It comes from

the moment in history when the Israelites had been carried off into exile, and were grieving

for the loss of their promised land. In our own moment in history I am sure that some of us

have more questions than answers. But for me this book is really hitting the mark. The world

is suffering and hurting, yet right at the beginning of this beautiful book, we have a call to

hope.

“Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail.

They are new every morning;

great is your faithfulness.

I say to myself, ‘The Lord is my portion,

and therefore I will wait for him.”

As I’ve been dwelling in the presence of God this week, I have encountered His new mercies

in extraordinary ways. When fear has begun to overwhelm me, I have decided to retreat to

my room and seek his unfailing love. He has been sooo close. I’ve felt Him leaning His head

on my shoulder and telling me that He loves me and isn’t going anywhere. Knowing that I

can do nothing has actually helped me to rely so much more on the fact that He is the God

who can do anything, and I’ve had bursts of joy at this realisation.

Take some time today to go sit somewhere in silence, take this passage and turn your face

to the sunshine. Maybe listen to the birds and know that His mercies are new every morning.

Wait on the Lord and expect His presence. There is so much hope in Him!

Love Hannah

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