A young pilot wanted to sound cool on the radio. This was his first time approaching a field during the nighttime. Instead of making any official request to the tower, he said: "Guess who?" The controller switched the field lights off and replied: "Guess where!"
“Remember my affliction and roaming, The wormwood and the gall. My soul still remembers and sinks within me. This I recall to my mind, Therefore I have hope. Through the LORD’s mercies we are not consumed, Because His compassions fail not.” Lamentations 3:19-22 NKJV
If you look around and listen carefully, there are a lot of folks going through difficult circumstances. It’s human nature to focus on our own difficulties and think that we’re the only ones suffering or struggling, but that’s not a very accurate view of the world. The writer of Lamentations is saying, “that we are not utterly consumed is proof of God’s great love.” The reason we have renewed hope is God’s “great love.” The word used here is the word of God’s covenant love, “hesed,” or loyal love. It’s a word that has the basic meaning of loyalty or faithfulness, especially as related to the covenant initiated by God; the word involves obligations to family, friends and the community. Like the song we sang Sunday, God’s love is unending! God’s love is so great that it cannot be measured. In Psalm 86, David quotes Moses in Ex. 34:
“For Thou, Lord, art good, and ready to forgive, and abundant in lovingkindness to all who call upon Thee.”
Moses said these words because he was amazed at the depth of God’s love for His children. Moses knew about wandering. Sin always leads to wandering. However, a lot of bad stuff, trials and mistakes and even defeats, can be used by God to give us hope. Bitter wandering experiences can open us up to the grace and power of God which leads to hope! Israel had hope in spite of where they had been and what they had experienced. War, destruction, poverty, humility, exile, and slavery had had its effect of breaking the nation. Sometimes, when we’re finally broken and realize all the idols and substitutes for God cannot make us happy, we find our hope again in our Heavenly Father. That's what I'm hoping He does in my life and yours.