This week’s Pastor to Person was written by Pastor Rich Cathers.
The prophet Jeremiah lived during one of the darkest times in Jewish history – the fall and destruction of Jerusalem. Jeremiah wrote Lamentations to commemorate this tragic event. There are few books of the Bible more grim and dark as Lamentations. Yet in the middle of the book, Jeremiah gives us a clue as to how he survived this bleak time. It started with a simple line – But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope: (Lamentations 3:21).
The following verses begin to lay out the things that gave Jeremiah hope. He recalled that God’s steadfast love never ceases. He remembered that God’s mercies never end. He thought about how God’s mercies are renewed every morning. Jeremiah pondered on God’s great faithfulness. Jeremiah goes on to list at least another half dozen things to his list.
Are you going through a difficult time? Are you struggling with what seems to be injustice around you? Does life look hopeless? You can learn from our brother Jeremiah to exercise your mind towards hope. Take a few moments to start a list of the things that give you hope. If you can’t think of any, you can start with Jeremiah’s list, but be sure to work at adding your own things as well.
Hope is not just a gift to the lucky. Even in the darkest of times we too can find hope in God. What will you call to mind?