As I write this, I’ve just read that the coming week may be the worst one so far for the United States during this pandemic. The prophet, Jeremiah had also seen the worst of things happen. In fact, he is known as the “weeping prophet.” Jerusalem, the city of David, the city of God, had fallen. Many people were killed, and others were carried off into exile. The book of Lamentations is Jeremiah’s mourning cry for the glory that is gone. It is written in the style of an ancient, Jewish funeral song.
“How deserted lies the city, once so full of people!
How like a widow is she, who once was great among nations!” Lamentations 1:1
Sound a lot like what’s going on now. Few people are venturing out. Businesses are closed. People are wondering if our economy can withstand this blow. Many are wondering where God is in all this. Well, Jeremiah wondered, too.
“I have been deprived of peace; I have forgotten what prosperity is.
So, I say, ‘My splendor is gone, and all that I had hoped from God’.” Lamentations 3:17-18
Sad as this book is, it also offers comfort. Jeremiah, though depressed and discouraged, does not lose faith in God.
“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.
I say to myself, ‘The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.” Lamentations 3:22-24
Bad things happen to people, even God’s people. The Gospel does not promise us wealth, permanent good health or perpetual happiness. It does not promise that our country will always be the number one power in the world. It does promise eternal life for those who believe in the Savior. It does promise that God will be with us, and will lead us through all of our trials. He has compassion, and when we trust in Him we experience His peace — a peace the world does not understand. A peace that we can have even now. God will always triumph over evil. Even this evil will end. Trust in Him.