I remember my affliction and my wandering,
the bitterness and the gall.
I well remember them,
and my soul is downcast within me.
Yet this I call to mind
and therefore I have hope:
Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed,
for his compassions never fail.
They are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.
I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion;
therefore I will wait for him.”
The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him,
to the one who seeks him;
it is good to wait quietly
for the salvation of the Lord.
Jeremiah, the weeping prophet, wrote these familiar words. The context of the book of Lamentations is the destruction of Jerusalem and the exile of Judah into Babylonian captivity. Jeremiah was given the unenviable task of proclaiming repentance to Judah and announcing the warning of judgment, knowing that his message would not be received. As a result, Jeremiah experiences the judgment of God as well. This is interesting in light of the fact that Jeremiah was personally faithful, though his nation was in rebellion against God. His world was crumbling all around him as he penned these words.
Similarly, it feels like our world is crumbling all around us as well. COVID continues to attack our health. Isolation is exacting a tremendous toll on our students and our own spiritual and mental health. Added to this is the extra toll of distance learning in response to the COVID-19 spike.
In the midst of these times, I want to bring us back to what we can learn from Jeremiahs’ reflections here:
- Be honest about the pain, the loss, and the suffering.
- God is faithful to his promises giving us renewed hope.
- Choose to wait upon Him.
2020 has brought us all a great deal of trials, loss, and isolation. But, let us take courage, remembering that God has not abandoned us. He is still faithful. Let us wait upon Him.
Share your response to social media with the link to this blog.
- Be honest about the pain, the loss, and suffering.
- Share how God has been faithful.
- Share how you are choosing to wait upon Him.
Who knows who might need to hear the vulnerability in your response. Let’s make disciples together.
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