Waiting and Hoping

The LORD is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him.  The LORD is good unto them that wait for him, to the soul that seeketh him.

Lamentations 3:24-25

The book of Lamentations is, overall, a sad book.  After all, it’s very name is a form of expressing sadness.  The definition of “lament” is “to express sorrow, mourning or regret.”  And this book is the story of the prophet Jeremiah “lamenting” the fall of Judah.  But, even in the midst of his sorrow over his people, the prophet sees a glimmer of hope from the Lord.  It may seem today that our nation is turning its back on God and, as Christians, we can “lament” this fact.  But even in sorrow, there is hope.

The simple fact that “the Lord is our portion” should give us hope.  The very God who created the Earth and breathed life into mankind is our Father.  He has promised us eternal life and joy in Heaven.  “…therefore will I hope in him.”  No matter what things are happening around us, “…therefore will I hope in him.”  No matter what problems, trials and tribulations may come our way, “…therefore will I hope in him.”  Even pain, sickness and death can not stop us from saying “…therefore will I hope in him.”  We can always, always, always hope in him.

The next verse tells us that “The Lord is good unto them that wait for him…”  There are many verses in the Bible that tell us to wait on the Lord.  That is the beautiful thing about hope- it is always there, no matter what the circumstances.  Sometimes we do have to “wait for him.”  Sometimes we don’t understand what He is doing or why He is doing it.  When we find ourselves in one of life’s valleys, it is this hope that He will keep His promises and the fact that He will be “good to us” that will help us to make it through. 

We can hope in Him and He will be good to us.  No matter what we may be going through, we can always take comfort in those things!

6 responses to this post.

  1. Amen,amen,amen!!! What a mighty God we serve and his grace has no bounds. Very good reminders Ben,very good and I love all of the encouragement in Lamentations for Jeremiah went through a lot but he never gave up,and that’s what God wants from us to hold on and keep our faith and hope in him.

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    • I like the encouragement in Lamenatations, too! The book of Jeremiah was tough, with all of the judgment that the children of Israel brought on themselves. But Jeremiah remained faithful and God blessed him for it!

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  2. Thank you, Ben

    “Sometimes we do have to “wait for him.” Sometimes we don’t understand what He is doing or why He is doing it.”

    You got that right!! Half the time I don’t see the big picture and here’s where faith has to kick in. At the end of the waiting, I know I will be happy but the journey from here to there can be really hard on mortal me 🙂

    This is the third post in that direction. Apparently I still need to wait 🙂

    Blessings and thanks,
    ann

    P.S. Encouragement from Shirley Ceasar – He’s working it out!!

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    • I think we all need a little more faith to understand that the Lord always has everything under control- it’s hard for all of us mortals! 🙂 Thanks for the song!

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  3. Thank you so much for the comfort and encouragement of this post! 🙂 God bless you and encourage you today too!

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