30 Oct 2018
Pain or Praise?
Attributed to the prophet Jeremiah, the book of Lamentations is often given a wide berth as it is seen by many as sombre and gloomy. Written in the form of poems it is widely believed to be a record of grief as the city of Jerusalem is under siege from the Babylonians at this time. However, we find so much more hidden within the pained words of the author.
Much like the author of Lamentations, we have all had, or are currently going through, times when our hopes, dream and sometimes in our basic day-to-day lives we feel as though we are ‘under siege’. But it is almost like the author has a light bulb moment after a while, and in Lamentations 3:21 he declares:
“This I recall to my mind, therefore I have hope.”
The word “therefore” gives us an open door to God’s provision, and through this provision we know that we still have hope even in the direst of situations. The verses continue to pour out about God’s, mercy, hope, compassion and love. Humanly speaking, everything looks as though it is falling apart, and although the situation may not turn out how you wanted it to, remember that God is always good.
Lamentations 3:22-23 (NLT) says:
“The faithful love of the Lord never ends! His mercies never cease. Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning.”
Are you focusing on the problem that is causing the pain and distress, or are you looking to the provider of hope? Turn the light bulb on with praise and declare God’s promises over your life.
Pause and reflect: “Thank you, Lord, that my hope is in you. May I lift my vision higher than the problems that are around me and turn my expressions of pain into declarations of praise. Amen.”