Great Is His Faithfulness
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The faithful love of the LORD never ends! His mercies never cease. Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning. I say to myself, “The LORD is my inheritance; therefore, I will hope in him!” (Lamentations 3:22-24 NLT).
At the time Jeremiah wrote this book, he was seeing with his own eyes how the city of God, Jerusalem was destroyed by the armies of the Babylonian empire. The situation at that time was really very sad. Here are some quotes about the city of Jerusalem’s situation from the book of Lamentations:
Judah has been led away into captivity, oppressed with cruel slavery. She lives among foreign nations and has no place of rest. Her enemies have chased her down, and she has nowhere to turn (Lamentations 1:3).
I have cried until the tears no longer come; my heart is broken. My spirit is poured out in agony as I see the desperate plight of my people. Little children and tiny babies are fainting and dying in the streets (Lamentations 2:11).
They cry out to their mothers, “We need food and drink!” Their lives ebb away in the streets
like the life of a warrior wounded in battle. They gasp for life as they collapse in their mothers’ arms (Lamentations 2:12).
“O LORD, think about this! Should you treat your own people this way? Should mothers eat their own children, those they once bounced on their knees? Should priests and prophets be killed within the Lord’s Temple? (Lamentations 2:20).
A similar situation is happening in the country where I live and serve God. We are grieving every day at the destruction and brutality happening day in and day out. Many families are struggling to have food and shelter. Many young people have lost their physical freedom and hope for the future. Every day we are all going through so much grief!
One time I had the opportunity to visit a refugee camp and do interviews with them. There was a child who told me that he wanted to go home. He said, “I have lived in this camp for eight months, I want to go home but I have no home—my house and the houses of my friends were destroyed.” I cried hearing this. The joy has gone from us.
BUT, in the midst of this grief, Jeremiah remembers how great and good our Lord is; he wrote the faithful love of the LORD never ends! His mercies never cease. Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning.
I also want to believe this and say the same. I put my hope in Him alone, who is mighty and faithful to His people! Difficulties and challenges may come in our lives, but we have a God who is full of mercy. Let's put our hope in Him!
Scripture is quoted from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996, 2004, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.
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