Sunday, June 30, 2019

There is Hope!

There is Hope!

The prophet Jeremiah was used by God to foretell of the coming judgment against the rebellious southern kingdom of Judah if they would not confess and turn from their grievously sinful ways. But when Judah refused to heed these warnings from God, He sent the Babylonian army to destroy Jerusalem and remove most of the surviving Jews from the Promised Land. Despite the personal torment and suffering Jeremiah experienced during the decades of his prophetic ministry, once judgment came, he mourned deeply for the loss of life, the horrendous suffering, and the exile of his fellow Jews to Babylon.

The book of Lamentations documents Jeremiah’s profound grief during the aftermath of God’s wrath being poured out on Judah. The tragedy of it all. The suffering and anguish of individuals and a nation. However, in the midst his intense grieving, Jeremiah recalls the unchanging compassion and unending goodness of God.

The Burden of Despair
No matter how desperate the situation, there is always hope in the Lord!
  • Lamentations 3:19-21 (NLT)
    • 19 The thought of my suffering and homelessness
    • is bitter beyond words.
    • 20 I will never forget this awful time,
    • as I grieve over my loss.
    • 21 Yet I still dare to hope
    • when I remember this:

The Basis of Hope
Our merciful Heavenly Father is always ready to receive those who turn to Him!
  • Lamentations 3:22-24 (NLT)
    • 22 The faithful love of the Lord never ends!
    • His mercies never cease.
    • 23 Great is his faithfulness;
    • his mercies begin afresh each morning.
    • 24 I say to myself, “The Lord is my inheritance;
    • therefore, I will hope in him!”

The Blessings of Inheritance
The eternal treasures of God are graciously poured out on those who trust in Him!
  • Lamentations 3:25-27 (NLT)
    • 25 The Lord is good to those who depend on him,
    • to those who search for him.
    • 26 So it is good to wait quietly
    • for salvation from the Lord.
    • 27 And it is good for people to submit at an early age
    • to the yoke of his discipline:

All of us endure difficult days, overwhelming circumstances and the burden of grief. This can lead to feelings of helplessness and despair. But praise be to God that there is always hope in Him!

Hope in Him – Turn to Him – Trust in Him 


Father, thank You for being unchanging, faithful, merciful, generous and so much more. Help those who have already surrendered to You to find ongoing hope in a personal relationship with You. Please touch the hearts of those who have rejected You, or who have never heard of You. Draw them into a reconciled relationship with You through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I pray these things in His name. Amen.