May 7, 2024


Lamentations 3:25-33 - The Lord is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him. It is good that one should wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord. It is good for a man that he bear the yoke in his youth. Let him sit alone in silence when it is laid on him; let him put his mouth in the dust—there may yet be hope; let him give his cheek to the one who strikes, and let him be filled with insults. For the Lord will not cast off forever, but, though he cause grief, he will have compassion according to the abundance of his steadfast love; for he does not afflict from his heart or grieve the children of men.


In Lamentations 3:25-33, the prophet Jeremiah reflects on the goodness and faithfulness of God even in the midst of great suffering and hardship. He acknowledges that the Lord is good to those who wait for Him and seek Him, even when it requires patience and endurance. Jeremiah encourages the reader that it is good to wait quietly for the Lord's salvation, trusting that He will act in His perfect timing. The passage also speaks to the value of bearing hardship, especially at a young age, as it can build character and hope for the future. Jeremiah notes that there are times to sit in silence and humility before the Lord, putting our mouths in the dust and bearing insults, knowing that the Lord sees and will not cast us off forever. Though God may allow grief and affliction for a time, Jeremiah clings to the truth of God's abundant compassion, steadfast love, and faithfulness. He affirms that the Lord does not enjoy bringing affliction, but allows it for our ultimate good and growth. In this passage, Jeremiah models the posture of patient endurance, hope, and trust that we are called to have before the Lord, even in life's most difficult seasons.


The words of Lamentations 3 are a poignant reminder that the life of faith is not always one of ease and comfort. There are seasons where God, in His sovereign wisdom, allows us to pass through times of suffering, loss, and hardship. In those moments, it can be tempting to doubt God's goodness and lose hope. But Jeremiah encourages us to adopt a different posture - one of patient endurance and trust in the faithfulness of God. The truth is, waiting is never easy. We live in a world that prioritizes instant gratification and quick fixes. But Scripture repeatedly affirms the value of waiting on God. Lamentations reminds us that the Lord is good to those who wait for Him and seek Him. Waiting on God is not passive, but an active posture of coming to Him in humility, putting our hope and trust fully in Him. In seasons of hardship, Jeremiah also notes the value of sitting in silence before the Lord. So often when we face difficulty our tendency is to complain, get angry, or try to take matters into our own hands. But Lamentations invites us to quiet our hearts before God, acknowledging our need for Him and allowing Him to comfort and strengthen us through His presence. The imagery of bearing insults and putting our mouths in the dust speaks to the humility required in seasons of suffering. It is an acknowledgment that we are not in control and are fully dependent on God. We may not understand His purposes, but we can trust His heart. For as Jeremiah states, even when God allows grief, He will show compassion according to His steadfast love. His heart is not to afflict us, but to grow us. Ultimately, this passage reminds us that no matter how dire our circumstances may seem, there is always reason to hope in God. He will not abandon us forever. As we cling to Him and trust His timing, we can know that He is at work even in the darkest of times. May we be a people who wait patiently for Him, anchored in the truth of His goodness and love.


Heavenly Father, Thank You that You are a good and faithful God, even when my circumstances feel anything but good. In seasons of hardship and suffering, help me to wait patiently for You. Quiet my heart before You and align my will to Yours. Give me the strength to endure difficulty with humility and hope, trusting that You will not abandon me forever. Forgive me for the times I have doubted Your goodness or tried to take matters into my own hands. Help me to relinquish control to You, acknowledging that You are God and I am not. Teach me to sit at Your feet in silence, putting my mouth in the dust and finding my hope and strength in You alone. Thank You for Your steadfast love and abundant compassion, which never fail even when I do. Use even the hardest seasons for my good and Your glory. Sustain me with Your presence and grow my trust in You. I choose to hope in You today. In Jesus' name, Amen.

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Solace in the silence - a soul at rest, waiting on the Lord's salvation.

Solace in the silence - a soul at rest, waiting on the Lord's salvation.

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