Lamentations 3:17-22 ” I have been deprived of peace; I have forgotten what prosperity is. So I say, ‘My splendor is gone and all that I hoped from the Lord.’ 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.”

In the Book of Lamentations, Jeremiah gives a first-hand, eye witness account of the destruction of Jerusalem.  And as the days wear on in chaos and ruin…Jeremiah becomes more and more despondent at the horrific sights, sounds, and smells of his much-loved city.  The deep sorrow within him is overwhelming as he watches Jerusalem brought to its knees.  But somehow Jeremiah is able to look beyond all the death and devastation around him and put his eyes on God.  He centers himself on the things he knows about God…that His love never fails, that God is merciful and kind, and that his hope only comes from Him.  Today, take your focus off the disruption and conflict around you and focus instead on God…or as Psalm 130:7 tells us, “Put your hope in the Lord, for with the Lord is unfailing love…”

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