I would be lying to you if I didn’t say that sometimes I find myself fearful when I rub against the world and it values and what it believes is true. The world is increasingly moving away from what the Bible holds dear. Furthermore, the world is getting more and more angry with and demonstrative against the Christian lifestyle. If I let my mind go, I become overcome with anxiety for my wife, our children and their children.
However, this past Monday evening, I was set straight. In a Depression Recovery Group (meeting that challenges each other to honor God with our innermost thoughts) one of the folks quoted passionately Lamentations 3 “22 Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. 23 They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. 24 I say to myself, ‘The Lord is my portion therefore I will wait for him.’ 25 The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him.”
There are two words that I will highlight in this passage. One of these is the word, consumed. This passage states that no matter what happens in your life “because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed.” Does this mean that God will insulate us from problems? No, it doesn’t mean that at all. He does not take us out of the world but gives His presence to us while we are in the world. John 16 “33 I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
The other word I want to highlight is compassions. This passage states that “his compassions never fail. 23 They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” Webster defines compassion as “sympathetic consciousness of others’ distress with at desire to alleviate it.” So, every morning, God is sympathetic and even empathetic because of Jesus regarding our distress with a desire to alleviate it. He involves His presence in our trouble. By the way, Jeremiah exclaims, “his compassions never fail.” Get ahold of this verse. John 14 declares “27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”
Therefore, in Lamentations 3:24 and 25, Jeremiah states, “24 I say to myself, ‘The Lord is my portion therefore I will wait for him.’ 25 The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him.” Amen!