“I remember my affliction and my wandering, the bitterness and the gall. I well remember them, and my soul is downcast within me.” (Lamentations 3:19-20).
As Jeremiah meditates on his afflictions and wanderings he becomes downcast and loses his hope and joy. The devil aims to keep the whole world for ever in this misery of spirit – in guilt, shame and frustration. The sinful nature offers nothing but empty distractions to this turmoil.
Jeremiah continues, “Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” (Lam 3:21-23).
He has to ‘call to mind’ the Lord’s great love and compassion. He has to call them by faith because such glorious blessings cannot come from the human heart. These blessings from God renew us every morning from our downcast state – they go on bringing life and peace.
When your life becomes a hopeless mess, rather than using your fading strength to try to drag yourself out, lift your eyes to the God of grace and mercy. He alone can bring salvation and restoration for the troubled heart. He heals with His forgiveness and acceptance pouring out His Holy Spirit on all who call on His name.