Great Is Thy Faithfulness Pt 1 – pm

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  • Lamentations 3 

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Greetings in Jesus Name. It is good to be here with you all. Whether you are here, or you are some of the hundreds who will be listening online: I greet you tonight in Jesus name. We are all part of one body, the body of Christ. I’m so thankful that I know the lord, and that my trust is in him.

The world has gone mad. I watched the debate Tuesday. You just have to shake your head. I remember Bro. Branham said the day would come that the politicians would be insane. I think we are about there. God help us. As I thought about how our country has slid downhill, just in my short lifetime, it is really something. It made me think of the book of Lamentations. I am going to turn to that book tonight.

The book of Lamentation is just what its name says: it is a book of lamentation. A book of laments. The nation Jeramiah was living had went from prosperity to ruin, and he lived to witness it all. And when it was all said and done, he sat down and he wrote the book of Lamentation. I know Jonathan Cahn has preached different things to call America to repentance. Just like in the days of Ancient Israel their prophets came to call them to repentance. And Jonathan Cahn has used that as a type to point to things in America. And I think that is a good type to use. And of course, we realize, that Israel did not listen to the prophets. Israel refused to repent, and God destroyed their nation. That was the end result of what happened to Israel and Judah. And those were the days Jeremiah was living in. He was living in the days of the collapse. Jeramiah was living in the days of the judgement. I have preached from this book of Lamentations before. As you go into the fourth chapter, Jeramiah talks about A Nation Which Cannot Save Us.  

The people in Jeramiah’s day had put their hopes in the wrong thing. Their hope was in a nation, rather than in God. There is nothing wrong with having patriotism, that is a good thing. There is nothing wrong with being proud of the righteousness of days gone by. There is nothing wrong with supporting candidates and leaders who are concerning with righteousness, that is a good thing too. But in Jeramiah’s day, Israel was ruled by materialism, and by their own pleasure seeking. Just like this nation is today – all that matters to man is that the economy grows. So long as money is flowing and everyone has plenty in that way, no one really cares about the rest. Republican, Democrat, Independent – no one really cares about the rest. No one really cares about righteousness and godliness. Some people might pay it a little lip service. But when it comes time to compromise and make deals, righteousness and godliness are always the first thing they compromise away. Because material prosperity, personal comfort, and the pleasures of the world were more important to them than serving God. None of those are bad things. But when we compromise godliness to obtain those things, then it is bad. When you have compromised living for God in order to obtains material prosperity and the pleasures of the world, that is bad. And sadly that is the nation we live in today. And even more sadly that thing has overtaken a great many people who call themselves Christians.

People have compromised themselves. So long as the money is flowing, they will look the other way on abortion, they will look the other way on the sodomite condition, they will tolerate immorality. But at a certain point God says enough. In the days of Israel and Judah, there came a point in time when God said, it is enough. And that is what was happening in the days of Jeramiah. God had finally had enough. But that is not really the aspect of this book of Lamentations I want to look at tonight. As I have already looked at that before. But I was thinking of what kind of man Jeramiah was. I was thinking about how those events shaped his life. I was thinking about the life he lived in reaction to the society around him. How it all molded him. And that is what I want to look at tonight. Maybe we can have a little lesson in those things.

Poverty vs Prosperity 

As I thought on that, I also started to think about the book of Ecclesiastes. Lamentations and Ecclesiastes have alot in common. They were both books wrote by old men, who at the end of their life sat down and wrote down some reflections on the past. In that way they are similar. You know, you can learn a whole lot about life by listening to your elders. You can learn very many lessons by listening to people who have lived a long life. Both lessons of what to do, and lessons of what not to do. And Ecclesiastes and Lamentations are two books wrote by old men who lived a long life. But the two men who wrote them are very different men.

The man who wrote ecclesiasts, which was probably Solomon, he had lived a long life of luxury, of success, of prosperity. But the man who wrote Lamentation, Jeramiah – he had lived a long life of poverty, of suffering, and of hardship. They have lived very different kinds of lives. And their different life experiences molded them in different ways. And you can get a picture of those differences if you compare the life lessons shared in their books. As you read through ecclesiasts, you get the picture of a very depressed man, a man who just wished he was already dead. A man who, through he had every luxury and every pleasure life could offer, he was never satisfied. The man who wrote ecclesiasts was a man who was pretty bleak and hopeless in his outlook. And his bleakness and his depression was a product of the lifestyle he had lived.

But Lamentation is a bit different. Jeramiah had not lived the life of luxury nor the life of pleasure. Jeramiah had lived a hard life. Whereas Solomon had 1000 wives, Jeramiah had none. Whereas Solomon lived like a king in a palace, Jeramiah spent his fair share of time in a dungeon. Whereas Solomon lived through the greatest most prosperous time in the history of Isael. Jeramiah was living through the bleakest and worst period in the history of Israel, up until that time.

So they had lived very different lives. And it is very interesting to look at their books, and compare the outcomes of their lives. And don’t mean the natural outcomes. But I mean the spiritual outcomes of their lives. Because Solomon and Jeramiah had very different spiritual outcomes. Maybe you have heard the saying that, when it comes to growing up. One tear is worth more than 1000 laughs. When it comes to learning the lessons of life. One tear is worth more than 1000 laughs. Hardship, sorrow, and grief will do much more to build a person’s character than luxury.

We can see the same thing repeated today. You compare the generation that grew up in the great depression – a time of poverty and hardship. Or you look at the generations that had to fight the world wars and bear the hardships of those times. And you compare them to them to the generation that lives today, and you will see a great difference. True, the generation today is very prosperous, and very intelligent, and lives a life of luxury compared to the generations who came before. But spiritually, the generation of people living today are impoverished. Their days of luxury and their days of pleasure have left them spiritually impoverished. There are people you can look at, and materially they a very prosperous. But spiritually they very poor. 

You can look at the clothes a person wears or the car they drive, you can get a sense of their material prosperity. In the spiritual it is the same, I can look at the life a person live, I look at their character, and I will be able to see just how much spiritual prosperity they have. And I have to say, we are living in a very poor society today. It is a world of spiritual poverty. It is a world where good, godly, character is getting harder and harder to find.  

Background of Lamentations 

The book of Lamentations is just a short little book. It was wrote by Jeramiah the prophet. Jeramiah had spent many years serving the Lord by the time he wrote down this book. He had just been a young person when God first began to deal with him and called him to be a prophet. And Jeramiah had lived a very long life by the time he sat down to write down the book of Lamentations. He had outlived several kings.

He started his ministry in the reign of Josiah. Josiah was a great king of Judah. And Judah had prospered under Josiah, and was very blessed of God. Because Josiah was a righteous King. But Josiah was Judah’s last righteous king. And as Judah began to leave the Lord, God began to use Jeramiah call the people to repentance. We know of course, that the people did not listen to Jeramiah, they were determined to go their own way, and do their own thing. They were not a people who were interested in repentance.

They even took Jeramiah and they persecuted him. They punished him for pointing out their wickedness. They punished him for calling on them to repent. And in the end, God brought judgement upon them all for what they had done. And Jeramiah lived to witness all of these things. In his youth he witnessed the good times. But by the time he was an old man, he lived to witness everything fall apart and collapse. And as an old man, he sat down and he wrote this book of Lamentations.

And this books give us a little insight into Jeramiah in a personal way. This books contains some of his own personal reflections back on his own life. And here in Lamentations, we can learn a lot about Jeremiah. We can learn about his heart, what he was like. And we can see the lessons he learned in his life. As you read the first and second chapter, Jeramiah is mourning over what has happened to Israel and Jerusalem. And maybe I will read just a few verses from chapter 1 to set the tone 

Mourning over Jerusalem 

Lamentations 1 King James Version 

How doth the city sit solitary, that was full of people! how is she become as a widow! she that was great among the nations, and princess among the provinces, how is she become tributary! 

She weepeth sore in the night, and her tears are on her cheeks: among all her lovers she hath none to comfort her: all her friends have dealt treacherously with her, they are become her enemies. 

Judah is gone into captivity because of affliction, and because of great servitude: she dwelleth among the heathen, she findeth no rest: all her persecutors overtook her between the straits. 

The ways of Zion do mourn, because none come to the solemn feasts: all her gates are desolate: her priests sigh, her virgins are afflicted, and she is in bitterness. 

Her adversaries are the chief, her enemies prosper; for the Lord hath afflicted her for the multitude of her transgressions: her children are gone into captivity before the enemy. 

With these verses we see what Jeramiah is looking at. His ministry has really come to its end as he writes this book. He is sitting in his old age looking back on what has happened. Jerusalem is a heap of rubble. The enemies have defeated the people. And they are now slaves of Babylon. And through the first two chapters Jeramiah is looking at Jerusalem, and what has happened there. And although he was the man God has used to tell Jerusalem what was going to happen to it. Jeramiah got no pleasure in it. Jeramiah was heartbroken over what happened to Jerusalem. He didn’t want to see it destroyed, he wanted to see it repent and turn to the Lord. But that was not how things were going to turn out.

We don’t look bad at someone who holds out hope for a lost cause. But we have enough sense in our heart to know when a cause is lost. And Israel was a lost cause in the days of Jeramiah. Their judgement was a certainty. Jeramiah had called on the people still to repent – but God knew they would not repent. That final call to repent was done to cement and seal their fate.

Just like Jesus told Judas, what you do, do quickly. The Lord will allows man to seal his own fate. And in refusing Jeramiah, Jerusalem sealed it’s fate. And in the first two chapters of this book, Jeramiah is lamenting over what has happened to the Jewish people. But as you got to chapter 3, things turn personal. Jeramiah begins to reflect upon himself. He begins to reflect on his own life, and what has happened to him personally through all of this. 

And as we turn here to chapter 3, Jeramiah is reflecting back on the hard times in his life. And Jeremiah had plenty of hard times. He had times when things were not going well. He faced times when it really looked like it was the end of the road for him. And as we read here, we get to see his feelings through those hard times. Let’s just read it.

My Hope Is Perished From The Lord 

Lamentations 3 King James Version 

I Am the man that hath seen affliction by the rod of his wrath. 

He hath led me, and brought me into darkness, but not into light. 

Surely against me is he turned; he turneth his hand against me all the day. 

My flesh and my skin hath he made old; he hath broken my bones. 

He hath builded against me, and compassed me with gall and travail. 

He hath set me in dark places, as they that be dead of old. 

He hath hedged me about, that I cannot get out: he hath made my chain heavy. 

Also when I cry and shout, he shutteth out my prayer. 

He hath inclosed my ways with hewn stone, he hath made my paths crooked. 

10 He was unto me as a bear lying in wait, and as a lion in secret places. 

11 He hath turned aside my ways, and pulled me in pieces: he hath made me desolate. 

12 He hath bent his bow, and set me as a mark for the arrow. 

13 He hath caused the arrows of his quiver to enter into my reins. 

14 I was a derision to all my people; and their song all the day. 

15 He hath filled me with bitterness, he hath made me drunken with wormwood. 

16 He hath also broken my teeth with gravel stones, he hath covered me with ashes. 

17 And thou hast removed my soul far off from peace: I forgat prosperity. 

18 And I said, My strength and my hope is perished from the Lord: 

Jeramiah had faced a time in his life when he was brought very low. According to his own words here, he felt hopeless. He was depressed, he was full of sorrow and grief, and lament. There was a point in Jeramiah’s life when he felt like he was at the end of his rope. Maybe someone sitting here can relate to how Jeramiah is feeling 

Maybe you are someone who has reached a point in life, and you have said to yourself just what Jeramiah has said there in verse 18. My hope is perished. There was a point in Jeramiah’s life where it seemed like all his hope was gone. And he said there in verse 12, he felt like God had put a target on his back. And for all his praying and for all his crying to God, he got no answer, which he said there in verse 8.

Maybe that is also something you can relate to. Have you ever prayed and prayed, and still you have no answer? Sometimes God does not answer us very quickly when we go to seek him. Sometimes it can stretch so far that even hope is beginning to fade away. Jeramiah knew what that felt like.

As I read over these verses, I can’t help but just get such a deep sense of what Jeramiah’s life must have been like. He said there in verse 14 that he was in derision of all my people, and their song daily. He was mocked, he was laughed at, he was whispered about. He was disliked. That was the life of a righteous man in a wicked generation. 

And Jermiah felt trapped, he saw no escape from his troubles. There in verse 7 he said he saw no way out. It seemed that these things would just go on for ever. And the truth is they did go on in his life, for a very long time. Jeramiah’s hardships and trials didn’t last a month or two, or a year or two. These things lasted for decades in Jeramiah’s life. And most of the hardships Jeramiah faced were directly related to his decision to serve God 

Jeramiah had made a lot of sacrifices in his life to serve the Lord. The biggest sacrifice I think might have been his family. God had told him if he ever got married, he would have to watch his family die. So Jeramiah never got married, he lived alone his entire life. In this world, it does not really seem like Jeramiah had anyone else. Almost everyone hated Jeramiah. He had one friend, Baruch who helped him. And he had some secret friends, like Ebed Melech. To some people, Jeramiah would look like a lonely man. Because for most of Jeramiah’s life, his only friend was the Lord.

And when we add it all up – Jeramiah lived an incredibly afflicted life. He was locked in the stocks at different times. He was thrown in the well to die. He was locked up in prison. He was beaten by the high priest. On and on, Jeramiah faced a life full of difficulties. I have faced my share of difficulties in life. But I have never faced anything as hard as Jeramiah did. And I imagine that is probably true of all of us, if we are honest with ourselves. Many of us have faced difficulties in life, but there are probably not many of us who really faced challenges as hard as Jeramiah did. 

But we can understand Jeramiah’s feelings. Because in some way, his feelings are common to all men. And you can I can relate to how he felt, we can relate to the way he talks about these things. And maybe today you are in Jeramiah’s position. Maybe you are facing a trial that seems like it will never end. Maybe you are facing something so great that you feel like your hope and strength has gave out. Maybe it has lasted so long, that like Jeramiah you can say, I forgot prosperity. Read that there in verse 17 

17 And thou hast removed my soul far off from peace: I forgat prosperity. 

This is one of the most striking sentences, to me, in this chapter. Jeramiah was not living a peaceful life. He said peace was far off from me. Jeremiah was deeply troubled. And this thing had went on so long, his trials had went on for so long, he could say, I Forgot prosperity. His trials had lasted so long, he could not even remember what the good times were like anymore. MY!!! What a thing! What a situation! What a hardship! This thing had lasted a very long time. Maybe there are some who can relate to that, in some way.

Some people will tell you believers are above all this, and that we never have to face things like this in life. That is what those who preach this prosperity gospel will tell you. But that is not true. We are all subject to testing and trials. A life lived for the Lord is a life subject to tests and trials.

But as I read Jeramiah’s testimony here, I am sure glad he did not stop here at verse 18. That sure would have been a very sad ending to his story, if he stopped there at verse 18. Maybe you are facing a trial that seems like it never ends, maybe you are facing a hardship that has went on so long you have forgot the good times. I have to say, today is not the end of you story. Your present circumstance is not the end of your story. Verse 18 was not the end of Jeramiah’s story. 

And as he writes this letter, Jeramiah is an old man now. You can see that in verse 4 

The Rest Of The Story 

My flesh and my skin hath he made old; he hath broken my bones. 

See, a lot of these things Jeramiah is talking about happened to him when he was a younger man. But now he is an old man, and he is not writing about a situation he is in the middle of. He is writing about a situation that happened at an earlier point in his life. From where he sits, in his old age, Jeramiah can see the whole picture now. His trials have come to an end, and he can reflect back on them from the other side.

Often when we go through a great trial, or a great difficulty, all we can see is that problem. When we are in the middle of a trial, sometimes all we can see is that hard time we are facing. It can be hard for us to look beyond our trial. It can be hard for us to see the light at the end of the tunnel. It can be hard for us to see the brighter day that is bound to come.

As I read these verses, I can see. There was a point in Jeramiah’s life where he could not see the light at the end of the tunnel. There was a point in his life, where he saw no end his troubles. There was a point that he was unable to look beyond his present troubles and see the brighter day ahead. But Jeramiah’s trials and circumstances did not last forever. Things changed for Jeramiah. And in the end, Jeramiah was a better man because of the trials he faced.

You know whatever we are facing, one day it will be over. Whatever hard trial, whatever difficulty, whatever sorrow, whatever it is we may be going through. One day it will be over. Our trials have not come to stay, but they came for a time, and for a purpose. 

And as Jeramiah became an old man, he was able to look back at it all. And he was able to look back and see the hand of God in all the trials that had befallen him. Time will do that. Distance will do that. Once we get enough time and distance beyond our trial, we can begin to look back and see what it was all about.

But the thing about it is, we don’t have wait for it all to be over to start to do that. We can realize what God is doing even when we are in the midst of our trial. You have to look at your life from heavens point of view. You have to mount up on wings as an eagle, and get the 1000 foot view, so you can put everything in perspective. The trial you are facing today – it is temporary. The trials I am facing today, they are temporary.

Learning to Lean 

Let’s read on 

19 Remembering mine affliction and my misery, the wormwood and the gall. 

20 My soul hath them still in remembrance, and is humbled in me. 

You see, Jeramiah is not in the midst of these trials as he writes. But he is reflecting back on them. Hindsight, they say, is 20/20. When he was in the trial, he was very nearly hopeless. But as he reflects back on his past trials, now as an old man, he can see the benefit of them. And one benefit he mentions right there in verse 20. His soul is humbled within him. Trials will do that, situations we face, especially that hard ones, they will humble us. The will help us realize what our true position is. They will help us realize just how small we are, and just how big God is. And just realizing our proper place, and our relation to God – that will do a whole lot to benefit a person. And God has his way, in each of our lives, to bring us that understanding 

But there is something else Jermiah learned besides that. Lets read on 

21 This I recall to my mind, therefore have I hope. 

22 It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. 

You see, at one point Jeramiah had felt hopeless, you read that in verse 18. But he says there in verse 21, he had learned something. The time he spent feeling hopeless taught him how wrong he was. There was hope, even though he count not see it. There was a hope, even though he had gave up hope. And God was going to prove himself to Jeramiah.

You see, God proves himself true. God proves himself faithful. God had promised Jeramiah in the beginning that he would protect him and keep him, and that he would not die in Jerusalem. At times Jeramiah had gave up hope – but God was faithful to his word.

You see, to some extent, it don’t really matter whether you believe the word of God or not. The word of God will come to pass. It don’t matter if no one believes God word, it will still come to pass. Jeramiah may have lost his hope, and Jeramiah may have given up, but God had not. God had not gave up, maybe even though Jeramiah had. 

And that may be your case today. Maybe you are a person who has given up. But just because you have gave up, does not mean God has. And despite Jeramiah’s hopelessness, God still delivered him. And that deliverance, even in a time of hopelessness, taught Jeramiah a lesson.

21 This I recall to my mind, therefore have I hope. 

God had proven something to Jeramiah through his trials. God proved to him that there was always hope. And whenever that feeling of hopelessness might try to creep back into Jeramiah’s heart. Jeramiah could look back, and he could remember – he did have a hope. He did not need to feel hopeless. Because God had proven, there is a hope.

You and I today, we do have a hope. And his name is Jesus. We have a hope today. And it is not a vain hope. But it is a hope based on truth. It is a hope based on a track record of the faithfulness of God. Each and every one of us, I believe, can look back and see the different times the Lord has moved on our behalf. God has proven to us in our lives, he can be trusted. He has proven to us it is safe to put our hope in him. And when we reflect on the different times God has helped us, it will inspire us to have hope. It should remind us that we have no reason to become hopeless. That is what Jeramiah is saying here. He remembers how God delivered him in the past, and that give him hope for today 

21 This I recall to my mind, therefore have I hope. 

You see what Jeramiah is doing there? He is recalling something to his mind. That is something you and I have a responsibility to do too. The scene around Jeramiah looked bleak. From a natural standpoint, the situation looked hopeless. But Jeramiah recalls to his mind the different times God had came through for him. He recalled how God delivered him from the stocks. He recalled how God delivered him from the dungeon. He recalled how God had protected and helped him through different things. And that gave him hope.

He is recalling to his mind the goodness and mercies of God. He is doing something within himself to combat his feelings of hopelessness. It is a lesson to us. In a time of sorrow, in a time of trial – we should seek to recall to our mind God’s goodness.

Look back in your own life. Look at those times God has blessed you and helped you. Just to that in your own heart. And look at what the Lord has done. Count your blessings. Do you know what those blessings are? Do you know what those good things he has done for you prove? It is proof that you have hope, it is proof that God cares, it is proof that God is able 

I think of Bro and Sis. Cox, they are facing a hard time – but my brother recalls to his mind the time God healed his daughter. I could think of Bro. And Sis. Thompson – but I remember how God healed Bro. Bud’s leg. I can think of ones who were facing financial hardship, but just in the nick of time God came through. We could look at Sis. Julie and her terrible accident – but God came through for her. I can think about Bro. Allen, he told the time he was falling off a roof three stories up. But at the last minute something he snagged and was saved.  God has proven to us that there is hope. God has proven to us that he is able. God had proven to us that HE can.

And as Jeramiah remembered all the times God had proven himself, it brought a hope to him. The kingdom he grew up in was gone, the great city Jerusalem was laying in ruins. The temple of God was burned to the ground. Almost everyone Jeramiah ever knew was gone, and he would never see them again. That was bleak. That looked hopeless. But Jeramiah recalled to his mind the goodness and the mercies of God – and he found hope 

God had promised, 70 years. 70 years and he would regather the people to the land. 70 years and he would restore Jerusalem and the temple. Jeramiah no doubt looked at the promises of the Lord, which he himself had prophesied. and he took comfort in them. We can find comfort in the promises of God. Because his word is true and it is sure 

22 It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. 

The hard times were not forever. They were just for a season. And God has give us a proof that he cares for us, and given us a proof he is taking care of us. The very fact that Jeramiah was still alive was proof enough that God was still with him.

22 It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. 

Satan right now would love to sweep in and destroy us all. And if not for the Lord protecting us right now, we would all be consumed. But Lord is merciful towards us. God is protecting us. The very fact that you and I are at this very moment drawing breath – that is itself proof of the mercy and love of God.

Great Is Thy Faithfulness 

22 It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. 

23 They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness. 

This is the title of my message. Great Is Thy Faithfulness. We serve a faithful God. And You and I have been called to be faithful. But our God is not a hypocrite. He has not asked us to be faithful, without being faithful himself. Our God is faithful. He is faithful to his word, and he is faithful to his promises. And it says, every morning his mercies are new. Every morning, every day, he is showing us compassion and mercy. And it is renewed, we are always on his mind. We always before him, and he is every day doing something to show us his love and mercy.

I have a job to pay the bills, that is the mercy of God. I have a family who loves me, that is the mercy of God. I have a bed to sleep in and food to eat, that is the mercy of God. Every day they are new. With every breath I breathe, God is showing me his compassion and his mercy. And in the midst of a trial, I should never overlook that. Because even if I cannot see or understand why, that trial itself that I am going through is there to benefit me. 

There is a danger that you could get so stuck looking at your trial, that you may overlook the goodness of God. It is possible to get so burdened, so fixated looking at everything that is wrong, that you completely miss the Lord’s mercies, that you miss his compassions. We have to be careful, that we don’t stare so hard at our problems that we overlook our blessings. I don’t want to be that way. And we see, Jeramiah has learned to not be that way.

Some things don’t come natural to us, but we can learn. Jeramiah learned. Jeramiah has learned through those hard trials, that even though his world is falling down around him, he can still find and see the mercy of God. Although everything around him might be burning down – and Jerusalem literally did burn down around him. Even though everything around you might be burning down – God is faithful.

He is faithful to his word. He is faithful to his promises. I will never leave you, I will never forsake. Lo I am with you to the end of the world. God delivered Jeramiah from the destruction of his nation. Jeramiah did not go into slavery with the rest. Jeremiah’s trials paid off. Jeramiah’s faithfulness to the Lord paid off. Whatever trial you may be facing today – it will pay off. This world is going into captivity. They are going to a place I don’t want to go to. And I want to escape.

Great is thy faithfulness. That is quite a saying there. And Jeramiah is not saying “Great is thy faithfulness” in the midst of prosperity. He is not saying that because he is rich. He is not saying it because he is popular. He is not saying it because things are going well in the natural. Jeramiah is not speaking this during a time of prosperity, he is speaking this in a time of ruin. Jerusalem has just been butchered and carried away as slaves.

Could you imagine a Jew standing up in the concentration camp, watching his family go to the gas chamber. And while he watches his family go to the gas chamber, he says: Great is thy faithfulness. That would be about the context of what Jeramiah is saying here. That is what Jeramiah is doing. The Jewish people have all just been rounded up and carried off as slaves. And in this time when it looks like all is lost – Jeramiah is saying – great is thy faithfulness.

Jeramiah was looking at something beyond his present circumstances. He was looking at something beyond the burning ruins of Jerusalem. He was looking at the promise he had in the Lord. Jerusalem was destroyed. The temple was destroyed. Everything had fallen apart. In a situation like that, it might look hopeless. It might look like we have nothing left. But Jeramiah had something left. Nebuchadnezzar had destroyed Jerusalem.

Nebuchadnezzar had destroyed the houses, and the vineyards, and the temple. Nebuchadnezzar had stolen from Jerusalem everything that was of material value. All the silver, all the gold, everything of value Nebuchadnezzar had stolen it all away. In the natural, you might say Jeramiah was left with nothing. But Jeramiah still had something in his possession, that was worth more than all of that. 

24 The Lord is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him. 

What is going on in this world don’t really matter all that much. The Lord is our portion. The things that people look at as measures of wealth and measures of success. All the things that man might conjure up in their imagination as images of prosperity. But we have something worth more. Something worth more than all the trappings of this life. We got something worth more than a natural city. We got something worth more than a temple made of gold. We have the one who lived in the temple. We have the Lord. 

24 The Lord is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him. 

I am hoping in him. That is where my hope is at. Its dangerous to put your hope anywhere else. But it is safe to put your hope in him. Jesus said, ye believe in God, believe also in me. Let not your heart be troubled. I go to prepare a place for you, and if I go to prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you unto myself, that where I am there ye may be also.

My heart is not troubled tonight. I have faith in my Lord’s promise. He is coming for me. Whether by way of the rapture, whether by way of the resurrection. I know my Lord is coming for me. And I know there are brighter days ahead. The best is yet to come 

24 The Lord is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him. 

Let me close here in prayer 

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