Lamenting with Hope
Watching a friend or a family member’s world crash around them because of their sinful choices or life’s unfortunate circumstances is unbearable. Yes, you stood by them, but from a distance you observed how they ignored wise counsel, or became a victim of unpredictable circumstances, and their life is filled with challenges and pain.
Watching, all you can do is watch, hope and pray for the Holy Spirit’s protection and guidance.
The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end.
─ Lamentations 3:22 ESV
Jeremiah wrote the book of Lamentations after the Babylonian destruction of Jerusalem, God’s city. Jeremiah, a tender-hearted prophet, lamented about the despair of Jerusalem and how the Israelites chose to reject God. When reading Lamentations, place yourself in the mindset that Jeremiah is expressing his grief and mourning, not for himself but for the Israelites, God’s chosen people.
God is always faithful, loving and merciful.
The Lord hears your prayers when praying for others. The Lord is faithful, and His mercies never come to an end. He is delighted to see and hear your obedience in loving and caring enough for your friend or loved one to trust Him to intervene in their circumstances. Strong relationships enhance the quality of life, and your connection to the person you pray for is deep and moving for the Lord to see.
Don’t give up on your friend, colleague or family member. Continue to pray for them. Let them know today that you care for and love them.
Today’s One Thing
In the middle of the book Lamentations, read 3:21-33. There is a great message of hope during Jeremiah’s grief. This passage can apply to you as you watch, hope and pray for those experiencing dire circumstances.