Great Is His Faithfulness

"Jeremiah Lamenting the Destruction of Je...

“Jeremiah Lamenting the Destruction of Jerusalem” by Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

But this I call to mind,
and therefore I have hope:
The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;
his mercies never come to an end;
they are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.
“The Lord is my portion,” says my soul,
“therefore I will hope in him.”
The Lord is good to those who wait for him,
to the soul who seeks him.
It is good that one should wait quietly
for the salvation of the Lord.
Lamentations 3:21-26
Recently our student ministry held our annual discipleship weekend. We had an amazing time worshiping together, but it our time together in small groups always leave the greatest impact. Our speaker taught about our place in the world, and our influence on those around us. During one of our services he taught from the book of Jeremiah (Chapter 29, check it out!). In chapter 29 of Jeremiah’s writings we learn that God informs the people they will spend 70 years of bondage in Babylon. He is going to leave them there and they are to continue their lives. Jeremiah writes that it is God’s will that they people live among the Babylonians.

This news was no doubt devastating to the children of Israel, who believed God would save them from such a fate. The prophet’s message was most assuredly one that was not well received. In fact, the Lord instructed Jeremiah to assure them there would be false prophets who would try to tell them differently. But it was God’s will they live in bondage because of their rebellion. This is a lesson for the believer to take to heart. When we choose to rebel against God, his response is to give us over to what we want. He allows us to run away. We have moral free will. If I chose to follow the temptations of this world instead of the promises of God, he will allow me to live in the world and face the world’s consequences.

In our small group that evening, I shared from the book of Lamentations. This is another writing of Jeremiah’s… I remember the first time I read the book of Lamentations to a group of believers. I did not tell them it was from the Bible, only that it was a writing about God. When you read Jeremiah’s frustration and anger toward what God has allowed… well, let’s just say the group I read it to were not happy with the writer. They felt he must have been an atheist who was mocking God. They were all very surprised when I had them turn to the book of Lamentations and asked one of them to read the scripture I had just read.
Jeremiah had witnessed the sacking of Jerusalem and the fall of his beloved nation. He was left in total despair and his feelings of anguish are apparent in his writing.
But in the writing of Lamentations we can find great assurance of God’s mercy and faithfulness! The world would say Jeremiah had been abandoned by God, but he realized Israel had long abandoned God. God was working these terrible circumstances to bring Israel back to him. It was not that God had abandoned them. God was showing them what life without him would be like. God was providing them the opportunity to experience life separate from him. Jeremiah’s words in the scripture I quoted above are words to keep close to our hearts in our trials and difficult times. When we feel that God has abandoned us we should remind ourselves, “The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.”
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About Mitchell Norton
My life was changed when God saw fit to forgive me of my rebellion against him. I am not worthy of a righteous God, and I am thankful that he reached out to me. My walk with the Lord has lead me to understand that loving others is just as important as loving God. I am a husband to a beautiful wife, father to an adorable daughter (and one on the way!), and servent of the Gospel. I am not perfect, but one day I will be. "Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord and has made the Lord his hope and confidence." - Jeremiah 17:7

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