In yesterday’s blog we left Jeremiah diseased with despair, devoid of strength and hope. Maybe, you identify with him. He found the cure and so can you. While his suffering lingered in his mind, he remembered something he had forgotten.
*“This I recall to my mind, therefore have I hope…For thou art great, and doest wonderous things: Thou art God alone… Let us lift up our heart with our hands unto God in the heavens…I called upon thy name, O LORD, out of the low dungeon. Thou hast heard my voice…Thou drewest near in the day that I called upon thee: thou saidst, Fear not.”(Ps. 86;10; Lam. 3:41, 55-57)
He Remembered: “It is of the LORD’s mercies that we are not consumed…But though he cause grief, yet will he have compassion according to the multitude of his mercies… For thou, Lord, art good, and ready to forgive; and plenteous in mercy unto all them that call upon thee…In the day of my trouble I will call upon thee: for thou wilt answer me…For great is thy mercy toward me: and thou hast delivered my soul from the lowest hell.”(Lam. 3:32; Ps. 86:5,7,13).
He Remembered: “…his compassions fail not. They are new every morning…sorrow and mourning shall flee away. I, even I, am he that comforteth you: who art thou, that thou shouldest be afraid of a man that shall die…and forgettest the LORD thy maker, that hath stretched forth the heavens, and laid the foundations of the earth… thou, O Lord, art a God full of compassion… Who shall separate us from the love of Christ…neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Isa. 51:11c,12,13; Ps. 86:15a;Rom. 8:35a;38-39).
He Remembered: “…great is thy faithfulness…Know…the LORD thy God, he is God, the faithful God… confirmed it by an oath… it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us: Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast… Wherefore let them that suffer according to the will of God, commit the keeping of their souls to him in well doing, as unto a faithful Creator.”( Deut. 7:10a; Heb. 6:17-19;1Peter 4:19).
He Remembered: “The LORD is my portion…therefore will I hope in him…My flesh and my heart faileth; but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever…it is good for me to draw near to God…Thy testimonies have I taken as an heritage for ever: for they are the rejoicing of my heart… And now, brethren, I commend you to God, and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified.”( Ps. 73:26,28; Ps. 119:111; Acts 20:32).
He Remembered: “The LORD is good unto them that wait for him, to the soul that seeketh him…the faith of Abraham; who is the father of us all…He staggered not at the promise of God… being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform… It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the LORD… I wait for the LORD, my soul doth wait, and in his word do I hope… Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding. He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength…they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk and not faint.”(Rom. 4:16b,20-21; Lam. 3:26; Ps. 130:5; Isa. 40:28,29, 31).
In case you have forgotten, remember your Creator Redeemer is your Father and take another dose of hope, the kind that is sure and confident; the kind that remembers your Father’s mercies, compassion, faithfulness, inheritance, and goodness. Remember and renew your hope in Him.
*Bold scriptures are from Lamentation 3:21-16.