Lamentations 3:21-24 (NKJV) This I recall to my mind, Therefore I have hope. Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed, Because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness. “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “Therefore I hope in Him!”

Jeremiah is sitting in the rubble and ruins weeping after the judgment that came upon Jerusalem. And he recalls how Israel has always been in God’s favor in the past. And even now among the ruins of Jerusalem, Jeremiah can see that Israel is still in God’s favor. For Jeremiah realizes that “Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed, Because His compassions fail not.” In spite of the severe judgment of God, Jeremiah could see the hand of God’s mercy. Was the Israelites’ deliverance from such a fate due to something in them? Not at all. They were spared from total destruction because of the faithfulness of God. God promised Abraham that He would make a nation come from him, and Israel is that nation. God promised Moses that He would put them into the land, and Israel is that land. God had promised Joshua that He would establish them there, and Jerusalem is that city. God promised David that there would come One in his line to reign on the throne forever, and Jesus is that King. The prophets all said that God would not utterly destroy His chosen people. But God will judge them for their sin. God is faithful to keep His promises. God has judged the Jews, but He has not utterly destroyed them. Throughout history, a faithful remnant of Israel has always remained, and ultimately, Israel will become a great nation again when Christ returns. Friend, will God judge us for our sins? Yes, God will. But God will not allow us to be totally consumed. Therefore, we have hope. For God is merciful and He is faithful to complete the good work He started in us. And one day we will be in the presence of His love for all eternity when Christ returns. Therefore, my friend, put your hope in Him.

God Bless and have a great day in God’s Word.