If you were to read the first part of Lamentations you would hear the writer crying out about how hard his life has been, about how everything that could go wrong did, and then it got worse. Poor guy. Talk about being raked over the coals. We might think we’ve got it bad, but this guy probably had it worse. In fact the whole book tells about a terrible time in the history of the nation of Israel. A lament is a sad song or poem and the whole book tells the sad story. But right at the end of chapter 3, he says – “Yet hope returns when I remember this one thing: The Lord’s unfailing love and mercy still continue, fresh as the morning, as sure as the sunrise. The Lord is all I have, and so in him I put my hope.” (Lamentations 3:21-24 NRSV)
There’s a hymn based on this passage:
Great is Thy faithfulness, O God my Father,
There is no shadow of turning with Thee;
Thou changest not, Thy compassions, they fail not
As Thou hast been Thou forever wilt be.
Great is Thy faithfulness! Great is Thy faithfulness!
Morning by morning new mercies I see;
All I have needed Thy hand hath provided—
Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me!
Wow. Every morning. Can you imagine? Yes, we endure hard things and sometimes it feels like the sun will never shine again. But this tells us that every morning brings new mercy because of His steadfast love. And this gives us hope. Don’t lose hope. It might seem dark right now, but the sun will come up in the morning, and with it – new mercies. I don’t know about you, but that brings me great comfort. I have been through hard times, and you have, too. But just like the writer of Lamentations 3, we must choose to find hope in the knowledge that His love, His mercy, and His faithfulness will outlast our troubles. Keep reading Lamentations 3 and you find, “The Lord is good to those whose hope is in Him, to the one who seeks Him.” (vs 25) Are you seeking Him and His mercy? I hope so. That’s where hope is found.