Lamentations 3:21‐25, 32
“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 Lord is good to those whose hope is in Him, to the one who seeks Him; Though He brings grief,
He will show compassion, so great is His unfailing love.”
I want to look this week at the character of God through Scripture. God reveals so much about Himself and if we just pay attention, we would find so much encouragement in our daily lives. I don’t know about you, but I had a hard time understanding this passage when I first read it. I always flinch when I read that God ‘brings grief’ to us. I want God to want us to be happy.
If He loves us, doesn’t that mean He wants us to be happy? Doesn’t He look out for us, protect us from evil? Why does He then also need to bring us grief? I have a hard time reconciling God’s ‘unfailing love’ and Him ‘bringing us grief’.
But, looking at all that God has done for me through my grief, through my very real heartache, and through my hardship, I know God is full of love. God pours out His tenderness into my life when He gently whispers encouraging words through friends, mentors, and His word. The residue of His faithfulness still shows on my heart and in my life. Trials bring me closer to Him. I learn more about Him when my hardship forces me to face my own sin, self-sufficiency, and pride. Only by choosing to trust Him in darkness can I learn to rely on Him in the light.
God is good all the time. All the time God is good. Even during grief.