“Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. I say to myself, “The LORD is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.”
The prophet Jeremiah was called by God to a very challenging mission: warning the nation of Judah to turn away from their disobedience so that God’s wrath would not fall on them. In the culture at that time, a message like that would not be popular -Jeremiah was mocked and shunned every day.
Still, he remained tenderhearted about his homeland and his people, even weeping in despair over their coming destruction. But this deep concern, and the work he was called to, took its toll on Jeremiah. The Book of Lamentations shows him crying out to God as His awful promise is fulfilled.
How could Jeremiah keep going? Verses like these in Chapter 3 give us a glimpse. Jeremiah has learned to be refreshed in the knowledge of God’s ultimate goodness to those who love Him. His hope isn’t fixed on how others treat him or even if they respond to his message. The hope he holds on to is knowing that because of God’s compassion there are better days coming.
It is a reassuring message for each of us as we minister in our world today.
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