There are two books of the Bible I don’t spend a lot of time in. They are fascinating, but I have a hard time with the depressing rants that the writers’ of those books seem to have. One of the writers is Solomon and the other is Jeremiah. The books are Lamentations and Ecclesiastes. But God reminded me of something very profound regarding one of those books today. He helped me to remember that right in the middle of one of Jeremiah’s depressing rants, is one of the most beautiful things written in Scripture. As a matter of fact, one of our Greatest hymns is based on it. There it is, right in the middle of darkness…God’s Light, God’s Hope, God’s Love. Here it is:
Hope of Relief in God’s Mercy
19 Remember my affliction and my [e]wandering, the wormwood and bitterness.
20 Surely my soul remembers
And is bowed down within me.
21 This I recall to my mind,
Therefore I have hope.
22 The Lord’s lovingkindnesses [f]indeed never cease,
For His compassions never fail.
23 They are new every morning;
Great is Your faithfulness.
24 “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul,
“Therefore I have hope in Him.”
25 The Lord is good to those who wait for Him,
To the [g]person who seeks Him.
26 It is good that he waits silently
For the salvation of the Lord.
I believe God showed me this because things just aren’t going great right now, they are not working out the way I thought they would. This is only about the hundredth time in my life this has happened, you’d think I’d have learned to trust, and rest in Him more by now. Well I have, but I obviously still have a long way to go. I have seen within myself the past few days, attitudes and reactions I thought I had overcome for good. But right in the middle of one of my Depressing rants, God reminded me of Jeremiah, and how right in the middle of his little “colorful” speech, God revealed beauty. I felt as if God were saying to me, “Now Carole, there is something hidden here in this mess that you are just not seeing yet…Trust me, as you always have learned to.” So I sit here speechless, with my Precious God having pressed His gentle finger to my lips to Shoosh me once again, and to gently woo me back to the place where my eyes are fixed on Him, instead of the mess I feel like I am in. Isn’t God sooooooooo good.