The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. (Lamentations 3:22-23).
Often, when we are in jubilant mood; celebrating a good fortune or news, we praise God. Lamentations 3:22-23 is one of common Scriptures we quote when in such jubilant mood. But the text was not written in response to a jubilant mood or good news. The words were scripted in intense anguish. Lamentations, by definition is a dirge—written to mourn a calamity or the dead.
Have you ever experienced personal pain and crisis? Or you’re currently experiencing such? The whole world seem to be against you. As if that’s not enough, you may have brought yourself to believe God has gone silent on you. That’s exactly the emotions behind Lamentations written to mourn Jerusalem’s destruction. Yet, in all these, Jeremiah, the author of Lamentations found hope in God. He reminisced on God’s steadfast love, his unending mercy and his great faithfulness (see Lamentations 3:21).
There is hope in adversity when we ponder God’s love, His mercies and His faithfulness. Every misfortune of life is an opportunity for God to be glorified in us. Adversity is God’s refinery; through which He refines and polishes our lives for His glory. God is faithful. His promises are immutable.
Regardless of your circumstances, God is working his good agenda in your life. Believe it!
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 O. Chisholm, (1866-1960)