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Jeremiah Despairs, Yet He Still Hopes

Updated: Mar 19, 2022

Written by: John Sernaque

Dear Reader,

Lamentations 3: 22,23

3:22 [It is of] the LORD'S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not.

3:23 [They are] new every morning: great [is] thy faithfulness.

In the book of Lamentations, Jeremiah despairs, yet he still hopes. I must confess, I have broken God’s commandments, either literally or figuratively, and if you’ve broken one, you’re guilty of breaking them all. It is only by God’s compassion, His mercy, and His amazing grace that I have not been consumed and am here today. Though I may not be exactly where I want to be, I thank God I am not where I used to be. God’s compassions are new every day, and tomorrow is not promised. So, if we seek Him every morning and wait for Him and hope in Him, like Jeremiah, His compassion for us will fail not. This is His promise to all who quietly wait for the salvation of the Lord. Let us remember the providence of God on our behalf and triumphantly claim His promise, and thank God for His compassion and mercy. Great is Thy faithfulness. When you pray, claim God’s promise.

Our Father, God Almighty,

Thou art the Lord God, and we are Thy servants. We come to You in prayer seeking Your tender mercies. Your infinite love for us never wearies. Your promises to us will never fail, for You are eternal truth. We cast our cares upon You, and with patience, we wait for Your salvation. To trust You when everything looks dark is the lesson we continue to learn, for we are nothing without You and rely wholly on You. For 40 years Jeremiah urged the people of Judah to repent, and warned them of the sure destruction to come if they continued in their evil ways. Jeremiah lamented in the final days of the kingdom of Judah, but not without hope, that the Lord will forgive and relieve the sufferings of His people. We pray likewise, and that You help us when we are tempted to say in our misery that our strength and hope is perished from the Lord. Instead, let us claim Your promise that Your compassion for us will fail not. Like the Canaan woman whose daughter was grievously vexed with a devil, and as children of Your household, we long to hear You tell us “Great is thy faith”. As You prayed for Peter, we ask that You pray for us, that our faith will fail not. Only You can restore us. Strengthen us and give us the courage to press forward in Your work of salvation. Help us overcome the evils and the temptations of this world, even as You also overcame, that we would sin no more. In Your goodness, compassion and mercy, and by Your grace, forgive us of all our sins. We claim all Your promises to us today and we claim the victory that Jesus won. We thank You for all your loving mercies and for giving us victory over sin. We thank You for hearing and answering our prayers, according to Your will. Great is Thy faithfulness. It’s in the name of Jesus Christ we pray. Amen.

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