Morning Light 1.0
I am the man who has seen affliction, under the rod of his wrath; he has driven and brought me into darkness, without any light; surely against me he turns his hand again and again the whole day long. He has broken my bones; He has walled me about so that I cannot escape; he has made my chains heavy; though I call and cry for help, he shuts out my prayer. He drove into my kidneys the arrows of his quiver; I have forgotten what happiness is;
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. Lamentations 3 (vs. 1-3; 4; 7-8; 13; 17; 21-23)
Lamentations 3:22 has been a lifer for me. It’s a scripture of that very hope & even in all the troubles of the world … all the things that beat us down, change us & tempt us to give up … God’s faithfulness won’t. In fact, it is steadfast, just like His love.
I hadn’t read the entirety of this chapter in a very long time, but thinking on scriptures of “morning,” I naturally turned to this. Starting at the beginning, I read how poor Jeremiah suffered so greatly. His prayers are filled with loneliness, desperation & defeat. When I got to verse 13, my own eyes suddenly filled with tears. I never remembered him mentioning his KIDNEY? But there it was – clear as the new day.
So now I believe recalling this verse to mind is providence for my own aching heart.
During the never-ending hospital stay, I too uttered cries of despair like this. I would list in my head all of the things God has allowed to fall upon me. I’d ask him where is He? What is he doing? Where is he going with this? Will I survive? And if I don’t survive – why did he bring me this far, just to leave me now?
It. Was. Torture.
I don’t know about you, but sometimes I feel like a failure in my faith. Especially in moments like that. That is until my Dad reminds me of Job & his difficult questions he too had for God. And when I read Jeremiah’s sentiments about the suffering he endured … I feel less alone.
But what is to LOVE & CHERISH about this scripture, is that his prayer doesn’t end in defeat. You see his head & heart turn to God … BUT THIS I recall to mind & therefore I have hope.
In God’s grace, because he knows I have the same questions, he knows I’m hurt & he knows I’m tired of hurting – he comforts me EVEN IN the questions.
That is a good, good Father. A God that has the patience to take your fits, tears, screams & questions … & lead you to the saints of old who had the SAME frustrations … that is a God who has incredible love for his children. A God who’s mercies are new every morning.
So today, my sweet friend, please make your exact thoughts known to God. He knows them anyway. But don’t stop there ….
“But this I call to mind & therefore I have hope.”
This one statement is the climax of the entire book of Lamentations. It was the climax of Jeremiah’s faith, hope & trust in the God who allowed all of the struggles to fall on him.
And should be the climax of our entire lives.
It is God’s faithfulness to Jeremiah, me & you. It is our Father reminding us that even in the darkest night, his mercy is on it’s way…
And it’s wrapped up in a NEW morning.