Quiet Hope July 5
Lamentations 3: 21- 26
This I recall to my mind, therefore have I hope.
It is of the LORD'S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not.
They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.
The LORD is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him.
The LORD is good unto them that wait for him, to the soul that seeketh him.
It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the LORD.
Jeremiah penned the Book of Lamentations around 586 B.C.. Jeremiah, the prophet in his grief, sought a place to mourn as he watched the army of the Chaldeans destroy Jerusalem and the Temple Mount.
He landed here at this place, a rock formation that had a long history. When approaching from a distance, it looks like a human skull, and its original name was Golgotha.
On this day, it took on another name; 'Jeremiah's Grotto,' meaning a small picturesque cave.
I wonder if he knew it was the same place that Abraham offered Isaac, his only son, some 1260 years earlier? (Gen. 22.)
Abraham traveled for three days before he came upon this strange-looking grotto, where Isaac carried the wood on his back, just like Jesus did when He arrived at the same spot, 616 years later, the place we call: Calvary.
Sometimes we suffer and don't understand why, but somehow Jeremiah, a man who suffered more than almost any other prophet, wandered here, the final place of salvation. As his tears fell to the ground, he wrote this;
Lam 3:26 It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the LORD.
At the time, you probably don't understand why you're going through this, or your friend or family member is suffering. It could be that their tears may fall on an altar, a Holy Place where God Himself will bring someone you love to the foot of the cross.
Psa 56:8 Thou tellest my wanderings: put thou my tears into thy bottle: are they not in thy book?
Hope in God, one day He will turn the page in Thy Book and remember your tears.
He is: El Yeshuati:
God of My Salvation