I’ve been reading the book of Lamentations this week as part of my devotionals, and have really enjoyed The Message version by Eugene Peterson to help feed my soul. I have several different versions of the Bible, and like to change thing up from time time. I think it helps us as we study, thirst and desire to learn and get knowledge, to see how the different versions put things. Anyway, Lamentations is a pretty short book and is noted as “a concentrated and intense biblical witness to suffering”. It mainly deals with the Exodus from Egypt and Exile into Babylon of the Hebrew people. Through all the passages of suffering, there is hope and remembrance to God. I think it is this same hope and seeking that we as humans find our self clinging to when tragedy or uncertainty comes our way. I know for myself, there are things in my life that I am constantly asking God about. Why He has me in a certain season? Why things don’t go the way I want? and Why is He making me wait on things? and more yet, what is He trying to teach me? Through all my wresting with God, I am constantly reminded of His goodness, His justice, His fairness, His loyalty, and never-ending love for me. Where else would I go? I can’t imagine turning to anything or anyone but God to give me peace, reassurance, and hope. So when you find yourself questioning things in your life, just remember, God is near and He will make it all work out in His own time. He has a reason for ever single thing that happens to us. His ways are always true and He only wants the best for His children. So I hope you are reminded and encouraged today and you continue to live surrendered before Jesus and take His hand and allow Him to lead you in all areas of your life, even when we can’t see, hear of feel; we know He is there.
Lamentations 3:19-36 (The Message)
The Message (MSG)
Copyright © 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002 by Eugene H. Peterson
It’s a Good Thing to Hope for Help from God
19-21I’ll never forget the trouble, the utter lostness,
the taste of ashes, the poison I’ve swallowed.
I remember it all—oh, how well I remember—
the feeling of hitting the bottom.
But there’s one other thing I remember,
and remembering, I keep a grip on hope:
22-24God’s loyal love couldn’t have run out,
his merciful love couldn’t have dried up.
They’re created new every morning.
How great your faithfulness!
I’m sticking with God (I say it over and over).
He’s all I’ve got left.
25-27God proves to be good to the man who passionately waits,
to the woman who diligently seeks.
It’s a good thing to quietly hope,
quietly hope for help from God.
It’s a good thing when you’re young
to stick it out through the hard times.
28-30When life is heavy and hard to take,
go off by yourself. Enter the silence.
Bow in prayer. Don’t ask questions:
Wait for hope to appear.
Don’t run from trouble. Take it full-face.
The “worst” is never the worst.
31-33Why? Because the Master won’t ever
walk out and fail to return.
If he works severely, he also works tenderly.
His stockpiles of loyal love are immense.
He takes no pleasure in making life hard,
in throwing roadblocks in the way:
34-36Stomping down hard
on luckless prisoners,
Refusing justice to victims
in the court of High God,
Tampering with evidence—
the Master does not approve of such things.