Lamentations 3:19-23 NIV 2011
I remember my affliction and my wandering, the bitterness and the gall. I will 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.
The author lamented the Babylonians devastation of Jerusalem and all that entailed. Lamentations 1:7, “In the days of her affliction and wandering Jerusalem remembers all the treasures that were hers in days of old.” By remembering God’s consistent care, His people saw His love. Psalm 103:11, “For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him.” God would redeem His people again. Luke 1:68, “Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel, because he has come to the people and redeemed them.” God redeems His faithful people.
There were days long ago spent walking far away from the Lord. I wandered aimlessly toward what I thought was the “American Dream.” Upon reflection, those were wasted times in my life. Walking daily beside the Living Lord of the Universe, I constantly receive His direction. Even when walking alone, He consistently loved me through those deep dark times. Studying God’s word, He reveals how He loves His people. His compassions never fail. God redeemed me, one of His faithful.
When did God redeem you?
Faithful and redeemed together,