Lamentations 3

Taking a look back at 2020, we see where God allowed us to be put into some uncomfortable situations.  He moved us from our comfort zone into the unknown.  This caused me to question God at times about what he was doing and why he was doing this.  At times, it seems that there is no end to when this stuff is going to be over. I had moments where I was worn down and tired.  The prophet Jeremiah experienced this same feeling and spoke to this in verse 18. 

so I say, “My endurance has perished; so has my hope from the Lord.

Lamentations 3:18

When these times came upon me, I had only one place to turn for help. I had to turn and trust that God has already taken care of everything that I was going through. My focus had to shift from my problems to the problem solver. Just a few verses later Jeremiah realized this also and penned verses 22 and 23.

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;
his mercies never come to an end;
great is they faithfulness.
They are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.

Lamentations 3:22-23

These two verses inspired Thomas Chisholm to write a poem that later was turned into the hymn, “Great is Thy Faithfulness”. This hymn has been sung in churches for decades now. The chorus is almost a direct quote of these two verses.

“Great is Thy faithfulness!” “Great is Thy faithfulness!”
 Morning by morning new mercies I see;
All I have needed Thy hand hath provided—
“Great is Thy faithfulness,” Lord, unto me!

Thomas Chisholm

Take heart and know that God is not surprised by what happens in our lives. He never changes and is quick to forgive when we doubt and stray. Take time today and think on the new mercies God has given to you today.

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