I just started reading through the book of Lamentations. Today, as I began reading chapter 3, I was struck by how desperate the writer was in the first 20 verses.
Examples: he has made my flesh and my skin waste away; he has broken my bones; besieged me; made to dwell in darkness. Verse 16 really grabbed my attention: “He has made my teeth grind on gravel.” Through these verses, one can get a clear picture of how the writer felt. The picture drawn is not left to uncertainty as seen in verse 18: “My endurance has perished; so has my hope from the Lord.”
However, the mood changes in verse 21 as the writer states: “But this I call to mind, and therefor I have hope…” Immediately, my mind perked up to the change in his spirit and made me long to see what was about to happen.
Then, verses 22-23 brings incredible hope to those finding themselves in seemingly hopeless situations. “The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” Wow, as I read these verses I wondered, if in my own life, I faced a similar situation, would I be able to say this?
Of course, I want to say yes. I have faced some incredibly difficult things in my life, and was driven to my knees searching for answers. And like the writer, I came out of the depths of those problems, seeing that the Lord’s hand was always right beside me. Truly, great is His Faithfulness.