Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Day 5 of "10 Days of Waiting"

 The Lord is good to those who wait for Him,
To the soul who seeks Him. It is good that one should hope and wait quietly
For the salvation of the Lord

Lamentations 3 :25 -26

We looked at the first "Lord is good to those who wait for him" part of this verse yesterday.  Today I want to look at how we should wait.  The writer says that it is good to wait with "hope" and "quietly".  This may not sound earth shaking until you understand the situation that the writer finds himself in. Who wrote it? Jeremiah the prophet, also known as the "weeping" prophet as he cries so much due to his heartache over his people and their actions and their disregard for the LORD.  Lamentations is a record of his lamenting (a passionate expression of grief, like one does when someone close to them dies) over their actions and indifference. He is SO profoundly sad and this is evidenced by verses like these;

 "For these things I weep;
my eyes flow with tears;
for a comforter is far from me,
one to revive my courage;
my children are desolate,
for the enemy has prevailed." (Lamentations 1:16 RSV).

He is very low in his emotions to the place that we would be concerned for his mental health. Yet he has great reason to be concerned as the days he lived in were filled with evil indifference to God's ways and judgement was upon the Land.  For a righteous man, it was more than he could bear.  

 How meaningful these words are now in light of his situation  "It is good that one should hope and wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord"

)Waiting on God brings hope and a quiet to your soul in the midst of anything you can find yourself in.  Why? God can and will SAVE you in His time. Jeremiah knew that as he poured his heart out before God, God had the power and the ability to bring salvation to his situation.  Waiting helps you to really know this down deep in your heart.  He is the God who saves!  May that bring you hope and quiet no matter what you are facing today.  


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