Great is Thy faithfulness
“The thought of my suffering and homelessness is bitter beyond words. I will never forget this awful time, as I grieve over my loss. Yet I still dare to hope when I remember this: 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 3:19-24)
Life is filled with questions, because we live in an imperfect world. Part of our experience in this fallen world is the propensity to be hurt. We can be hurt by accidents, by relationships and by illnesses. And at times, the deepest hurts we will face in life will come from relationships. Relationships can be a great source for blessing and joy. But they also could bring the greatest source of stress in our lives. People do hurt us! Sometimes it is done intentionally and at times accidentally. From our text, we read about Jeremiah expressing his sorrows. Jerusalem was in ruins and the people of Israel seemed to lose all hopes thinking that they would not be able to rise up from the destructions. Jeremiah was sorrowful witnessing all these things happening to the people he was sent by God to minister. When life seems to be falling apart, our reaction may come as a surprise. For Jeremiah it is to come to God and get alone with Him. He prayed about the situation and his hurt. The usual reaction of people going through hurt or pain is to isolate themselves or suffer in silence. Or there will be those that will pretend that the problem does not exist or just flat out denial. We hate to admit it when we're hurting or in pain so we camouflage it. We indulge in eating food, or turn to materialism, or make ourselves busy with activities or careers thinking that such actions will remove the pain within. This is what David tried to do when he was dealing with pain. ” Fear and trembling overwhelm me, and I can’t stop shaking. Oh, that I had wings like a dove. I would fly far away... How quickly I would escape” (Psalm 55:5-8). Jeremiah did not just hope in God but in silence, bowed down to God in prayer. “Tears stream from my eyes because of the destruction of my people! My tears flow endlessly; they will not stop until the Lord looks down from heaven and sees” (Lamentations 3:49-50). He knew he could turn to God when life is failing for He will not be abandoned by the Lord forever (v. 31). Do not allow bitterness to linger in your heart when dealing with pain. Bitterness is a poison that could bring destructions to your life. “You may tear out your hair in anger, but will that destroy the earth? Will it make the rocks tremble?” (Job 18:4). So just like Jeremiah, instead of focusing on your hurt or disappointment, focus on God’s faithfulness. If you build your life around people or on the things of this world, you will be hurt and disappointed but when you focus on the One who is True and Faithful, you will be safe and secured for eternity.
Noel De Guzman
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