REMEMBER the GOODNESS of GOD during our TROUBLES
August 24 Bible Reading: Lamentations Chapters 1-3
"The Lord is good to those who wait for Him, to the soul who seeks Him. It is good that one should hope and wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord." (Lam. 3:25-26)
This short book of Lamentations records the grieving process of Jeremiah over the destruction of Jerusalem. Bible scholars have discovered that the book of Lamentations is organized around twenty-two letters of the Hebrew alphabet, and he has used the technique of alphabetic acrostics to aid the reader in memorizing the passages more easily.
The city of Jerusalem was engulfed in flames, and the prophet Jeremiah wept as he walked through the rubble slowly with stooped shoulders. No one had listened to him when he had prophesied that God’s judgment would fall upon that city. Now, he was seeing the terrible prophecies becoming a reality and playing out before his very eyes. However, Jeremiah does not cut short his grieving process, but in fact, takes time to reflect upon the wonderful attributes of God who is in control, and is overwhelmed by thoughts of God’s promised salvation. Hope wells up within him and his spirit is quieted, leading him to the expression of these great truths of God’s providence.
What we see in the above referenced passage (Lam. 3:25-26) is that the prophet Jeremiah gets his eyes off himself and his surroundings and onto the Almighty God. His hope is revived when he remembers that it is good to wait quietly for the Lord’s deliverance. Jeremiah’s observation resembles those of other saints who have experienced great times of grief in their lives (Job 40:3–5; Isa. 26:3; Hab. 2:20; 3:17–19), and to his credit, he unequivocally accepts God’s will and His timing (see Ps. 40:1; Is. 40:31). Verses 22–26 focus on the renewal of hope in the midst of terrible distress!
Focusing on our problems can make us discouraged, but focusing on God’s never-ending goodness gives us hope for our future. Not only is God good to those who wait and hope on Him (v. 25), but it is also good for us as it instills in us a quiet confidence in the fact that God will save us when we are in dire trouble. When we are distressed, we will see the goodness of God when we hope and wait for the His salvation (v. 26).
So, let us remember that God is always good to those who earnestly seek, hope, and wait for Him (1 Chron. 28:9). Let us remember the goodness of God during our troubles, seek Him alone, and expect by faith that He will bring good things to pass for us. Let’s wait quietly for God to show us His salvation when we are in distress!
(God) said (to Moses): "I will make all My goodness pass before you, and I will proclaim the name of the Lord before you. I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion." (Exo. 33:19)