Verse of the Day


"17 I have been deprived of peace; I have forgotten what prosperity is.

18 So I say, "My splendor is gone and all that I had hoped from the LORD."

19 I remember my affliction and my wandering, the bitterness and the gall.

20 I well remember them, and my soul is downcast within me.

21 Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope:

22 Because of the LORD's great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail.

23 They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.

24 I say to myself, "The LORD is my portion; therefore I will wait for him."

25 The LORD is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him;
"

~Lamentations 3: 17 - 25


Today's Devotional Thought

January 24, 2013 by Rachel Piferi



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Renewed Each Day

Have you ever had a day, a week, or even a year where you felt like you have been deprived of peace? Have you forgotten what prosperity is? Do you feel like your splendor and hope are gone?

In today’s verses, Jeremiah is writing about hope that we all can have in the midst of affliction. In the book of Lamentations, Jeremiah is reflecting on the destruction that has fallen on Judah for their disobedience to God. He is mourning and weeping for his country and it is not a self-centered weeping. He is weeping for them because he loved them and their selfishness and sinfulness had caused them so much suffering. He predicted this punishment for sin in the book of Jeremiah and he is reflecting on it in the book of Lamentations.

Jeremiah spends the first two chapters of Lamentations reflecting on the suffering and then in Chapter 3, Jeremiah introduces the concept of hope. He encourages others to have hope that God can restore prosperity and peace in the land. Jeremiah knew that God had promised that punishment would follow sin, but he also knew that God promised that restoration would follow repentance. What we see in today’s verses is utter despair over the destruction of Judah, but also such hope that God will renew her in the morning. And, he proclaims that we should not feel consumed by the destruction, because God is compassionate and willingly responds to us when we seek Him.

Are you coming through a season of despair where you feel like you have forgotten peace and prosperity? Are you ready to be renewed in the morning? Just like Jeremiah promises that God can bring peace back to Judah, God can bring peace back to your life. God’s love and compassion never fail and are there for you, if you seek Him. Ask Him today to restore you and to bring you out of your season of despair.


Memorize this verse today:

"17 I have been deprived of peace; I have forgotten what prosperity is.

18 So I say, "My splendor is gone and all that I had hoped from the LORD."

19 I remember my affliction and my wandering, the bitterness and the gall.

20 I well remember them, and my soul is downcast within me.

21 Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope:

22 Because of the LORD's great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail.

23 They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.

24 I say to myself, "The LORD is my portion; therefore I will wait for him."

25 The LORD is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him;
"
~Lamentations 3: 17 - 25



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