Loved with the greatest love of all

“Why do you continue to forget us? Why have you abandoned us for so long? Restore us, O Lord, and ring us back to you again! Give us back the joys we once had! Or have you utterly rejected us? Are you angry with us still?” (Lamentations 5:20-22).

There are times, in our life, when it feels like God has forgotten us. It seems to us like God has abandoned us. We wonder, “Is there any hope for us? Should we give up on faith? Should we call it a day? Should we cry, in despair, ‘What’s the use?'” When we’re feeling like this, we are brought to an end of ourselves – and the thought comes into our mind, “Perhaps, there’s a way back to God. Perhaps, his joy can return to us.” We wonder, “Has God had enough of me? Has he given up on me?” This is where the book of Lamentations leaves us – praying, and wondering whether there will be an answer to our prayer. From these final verses of Lamentations, we may look back to Lamentations 3:22-33 –

“The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in him.” The Lord is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him. It is good that one should wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord. It is good for a man that he bear the yoke in his youth. Let him sit alone in silence when it is laid on him; let him put his mouth in the dust — there may yet be hope; let him give his cheek to the one who strikes, and let him be filled with insults. For the Lord will not cast off forever, but, though he cause grief, he will have compassion according to the abundance of his steadfast love; for he does not afflict from his heart or grieve the children of men.”

What precious words of faith and hope we have here!

May the Lord take these words and speak them, afresh, to our hearts, assuring us that we are not forgotten, abandoned or rejected.

We are loved with the greatest love of all – the love of God

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