Jeremiah warned the inhabitants and leadership of Jerusalem but they would not heed the words of the Lord. The city fell. Jeremiah looked upon the city and wept. It was a time of great lamenting. Yet there was exaltation amidst the lamentation. Even though the people fully merited the judgment of God, there is hope found in the mercy and faithfulness of God. For the unrepentant, judgment is in the future. For the repentant – those who place their trust and faith in the Lord – there is hope and salvation.
It is easy to get so caught up in our own sufferings that we only proclaim lamentations. We must not forget that our God is one of hope and faithfulness. 1 Peter displays that Jesus often uses times of trial to refine and perfect us to better display Him. If we grasp this concept we, like Jeremiah, can exalt in the Lord in the midst of our sorrows. Not exalting because we have hard times, but rejoicing in the faithfulness, love, and hope found in our Lord and Savior. Trusting in His perfect plan.
Lamentations 3:19 Remember my affliction and my wanderings, the wormwood and the gall!
20 My soul continually remembers it and is bowed down within me.
21 But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope:
22 The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end;
23 they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.
24 “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in him.”
39 Why should a living man complain, a man, about the punishment of his sins?
40 Let us test and examine our ways, and return to the Lord!
41 Let us lift up our hearts and hands to God in heaven
55 “I called on your name, O Lord, from the depths of the pit;
56 you heard my plea, ‘Do not close your ear to my cry for help!’
57 You came near when I called on you; you said, ‘Do not fear!’
58 “You have taken up my cause, O Lord; you have redeemed my life.