We have been facing an unsettling time in our country, a pandemic that won’t go away, unrest on our city streets, an ever-widening political divide, global financial insecurity, and that is just the beginning. Many people are afraid; some are angry, while others are confused. It reminds me of the situation in the life of the prophet Jeremiah. The Babylonians conquered Jerusalem, burned the temple, and his countrymen were taken captive. You can feel his pain as he writes:
“I am the man that hath seen affliction by the rod of his wrath” (Lamentations 3:1 KJV).
“He hath hedged me about, that I cannot get out: he hath made my chain heavy. Also when I cry and shout, he shutteth out my prayer. He hath inclosed my ways with hewn stone, he hath made my paths crooked” (Lamentations 3:7-9).
“He hath filled me with bitterness, he hath made me drunken with wormwood. He hath also broken my teeth with gravel stones, he hath covered me with ashes. And thou hast removed my soul far off from peace: I forgat prosperity. And I said, My strength and my hope is perished from the LORD: Remembering mine affliction and my misery, the wormwood and the gall” (Lamentations 3:15-19).
In the midst of despair and pain, he finds hope.
“This I recall to my mind; therefore have I hope. It is of the LORD’S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness. The LORD is my portion, saith my soul; therefore, will I hope in him” (Lamentations 3:21-24).
His hope rested in the faithfulness of God. He said when he recalled this, it changed everything. It was not his situation that needed changing, rather his perspective. God is faithful. “Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; for he is faithful that promised” (Hebrews 10:23).
God is faithful to His people. He has promised to provide for our needs and hear our prayers, and in the end, He will make all things right.
In light of all that’s happening, let us call this to mind and have hope because it is not our situation that needs changing—it’s our perspective. GOD IS FAITHFUL.
And thank you for your love, prayers, and support—your kindness to the guests of Pacific Garden Mission is one way we are daily reminded of God’s faithfulness.