Where is God when life is hard?

Lamentations 3:22+23

“Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. 23 They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.”

I think it was Martin Luther who said, “The highest level of faith is to trust that God loves me when it feels like he’s smiting me.” I think Jeremiah would “get” what Luther was saying. When God led Jeremiah to pen the words above, things couldn’t have looked worse! Jerusalem had been sacked, big sections of the walls were broken down, and most horribly, the temple had been destroyed. It was horrible, awful, terrible!

But what was the ultimate truth? The ultimate truth was that the Lord remained faithful; that he was filled with compassion, filled with love for his people. It likely didn’t feel that way to Jeremiah, but it was the truth.

Today, the Lord remains faithful, the Lord is filled with compassion, filled with love for his people. No matter what your “eyes see” or your “heart feels,” the Lord remains faithful, compassionate, and loving. That’s the truth.

Thankful for the truth, just like you,   

pastor