TODAY’S MEDITATION – Hope in Christ the midst of affliction! (Lamentations 3)

When going through the darkest moments of their lives, people tend to start rejecting the Lord, questioning His existence, power or presence. Yet, the Bible tells us that He is faithful and He loves us unconditionally. My brother, my sister, in times of difficulties, turn your hope in the Lord to find strength, just as you do in times of prosperity or happiness when you trust Him or praise Him. The book of Ecclesiastes teaches us that there is a time of everything under the sun: a time to laugh, a time to cry. No matter the time you are living right now, God is God, sovereign in everything and in control of everything. He has not moved away from you, so don’t take distances from Him, instead pray more and read the Word more…What we tend to forget is that, sometimes, our affliction comes from the Lord Himself, as He is trying to correct us with His rod. Here Jeremiah says: “He has driven me away and made me walk in darkness rather than light” (verse 2)… Yet, Jeremiah still had hope, why? Because he did not set his eyes on the circumstances, but on the lord. Therefore, despite his moral and physical sufferings, he was able to say: “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.” (verses 22-24). My friend, no one is abandoned by the Lord forever (verse 31)… and because of His compassion and unfailing love, always keep in mind that the Lord who carried your sins and all the griefs they could cause you on the cross, cannot enjoy seeing you hurt or afflicted. So, He is in control of whatever wants to undermine your faith in Him. All you are asked by Him is to believe in Him faithfully and to remain faithful to the promise you made Him when you gave your life to Him: the promise to follow Him, to follow His commands. Then He can easily reduce your affliction. Stay blessed in Jesus’ name. [facebook] [retweet]