Bible Ballistics: “BBs” HOPE??? #37
Spring keeps pushing her way in and I am so glad that God has designed the seasons to enjoy. The seasons of the year and the differences of each, bring to mind the seasons that we encounter in life. It brought to mind Lamentations 3:22-24,
“ It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. 23 They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness. 24 The Lord is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him.”
Jeremiah proclaimed this hope at the end of a 40-year ministry of calling his people to repentance. As a whole they did NOT listen, and the kingdom of Judah fell captive to the Babylonians. His message was not popular, nor was he, but he cared enough to preach it anyway. God had called him to this task and he was faithful to it. Yet, in the end HIS hope was still in HIS GOD!!!
How about us? What task has God called me/you to? What season are you in right now?
Prosperous—‘trust in the Lord and do good’.
In financial straights—‘Commit thy way unto the Lord, trust also in HIM’.
Being mistreated—‘fret not thyself because of evil doers’.
Full of sorrow or pain—‘delight thyself also in the Lord’.
Just plain tired of all the battles—‘rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for HIM’.
Angry about ___—‘Cease from anger, and forsake wrath: fret not thyself in any wise to do evil.’
Pious platitudes? No, it’s the comfort and direction of God’s Word (see Psalm 37).
I’m sure Jeremiah felt all of those things at various times during his ministry, yet after seeing his people, his nation and his precious Jerusalem destroyed he penned these wonderful, encouraging and precious words of HOPE!!!
So? Remember –
His mercies are new every morning—
His compasssion fails NOT—
Great is our God’s faithfulness—
REAL HOPE IS ALWAYS IN HIM!!
So? Look up—
Look to the Lord not at the lions—
our redemption draweth nigh.