When I think of Lamentations it’s not usually a go-to source for encouraging scripture. But Lamentations 3:19-24 paints an incredible word picture of the beauty of God’s love for us. I want to visit this wonderful passage over the next few days in hopes that it will encourage you as much as it has encouraged me.
… there’s one other thing I remember, and remembering, I keep a grip on hope… (Lamentations 3:19 MSG)
Remember this, there is one constant, God loves you. It helped Jeremiah, the Old Testament prophet credited for penning the Book of Laments. He went through some really crazy stuff. But he held on to hope.
We go through some crazy stuff too sometimes. To others it might not seem so bad, but for the person experiencing the turmoil it’s never a fun to place to be. The wildness of the ride this life throws our way can catch us off guard. It can blast the wind from our lungs, the strength from our hearts, and the opportunity from our fingertips—but it can not change the way God feels about us.
Even our own reckless personal choices can cause tremendous pain and heartache, but they don’t affect the way God feels about us. He loves us deeply. And for those of us who choose to recognize that love for what it is, and abide in it, it is our constant.
When life gets shaky we can hold onto Him. We can hold on to hope.