Whenever I start thinking about the big scheme of things, my life has been pretty easy. Sure, I have had my share of struggles, but some of the stories I have been hearing from other believers who have experienced (or are now experiencing) trials so dark and deep that life itself almost seems not worth living. I hope you aren’t saying the same things yourself, but I do trust you can understand the depth of despair it can bring.
If you take to time to look at Jeremiah’s life, you will see that he experienced this. I am currently working on a study of Jeremiah, and I saw how, in his darkest hour, he discovered a truth that gave him new hope and confidence. Now the key to this is important for you to catch. His “discovery,” if you will, was something he already knew. It was not a new and deep revelation. However, it didn’t touch his soul until he came to the end of himself.
I realize that sounds pretty traditional, and some of you are thinking it is it too tripe, and a useless piece of religious babble, but Jeremiah discovered that when we reach the bottom, where everything seems lost, Yahweh is there for us! The farther down we go, the more we will discover about Him. Our God, our Deliverer, will never be discovered up in some blissful soaring into untroubled skies, but in the shadows of grief and despair. It wasn’t until Jeremiah hit bottom that he bumped into His Deliverer! He fell hard against the faithfulness of a compassionate Lord. Listen to what he said:
” YWHW is a God of compassion . . . his compassions for me cannot fail . . . They are new every morning . . . great is his faithfulness . . .” (Lamentations 3:22-23)
Little by little, Jeremiah came to realize some great truths that can only be discovered by those who are down. When we are at the lowest point; when troubles flow over our heart like water, and we say, “I am cut off,” Yahweh will draw near and whisper, “Do not be afraid!” (Lamentations 3:54-57).
When Yahweh seems to have “covered himself with a cloud, so that [our]prayers could not pass through,” he will still see our oppression and will “judge [our] case” (Lamentations 3:44, 59).
If the Lord does allow grief and sorrow, at the same time, he will uphold you with an abundance of compassion and love (Lamentations 3:32).
Yahweh is not against you, and trying to crush you under His foot when you are down (Lamentations 3:34). He is not trying to sabotage any of your plans; He is not causing your confusion; He is not working against you (Lamentations 3:35-36). Even in your despair and bitterness, when you hate the thought of facing a new day, his compassion failed not. His mercies were waiting for me, new each morning (Lamentations 3:22-23).
Because Yahweh is always faithful, He will never toss you me aside. He will do right by you and save you (Lamentations 3:25-26). When your are at your lowest, and have nowhere to turn but to Yahweh, so I will lift up my heart and my hands, and thank him for his faithfulness! (Lamentations 3:40-41).
I realize that being down has spent all of your strength and hope and are left empty and humbled, so now you will depend totally on His mercies! (Lamentations 3:18, 20-22).
Okay, so what are you going to do with all that? Well . . . can I suggest that you rest. Allow these Words to sink down into your heart and allow them to bring comfort and confidence. Confidence in your Father’s work on your behalf!
With these Morning Messages, I take you on guided tours to, as Bunyan described, the Celestial City. At times we linger at corners familiar and unseen. And explore the depths of our faith along the way.
The trail is long, but there’s no hurry. Though we do need to stock up on supplies for the way, and that’s where I need your help. If you enjoy these messages, please consider becoming a contributing member of this tour group. It will be very much appreciated.