Jeremiah was a man who had seen much affliction. He knew what it was like to be disciplined by the Lord. He felt his rod. He felt as if he was in chains, walled in so he couldn’t escape. Even when he cried out for help God does not answer. The prophet became the laughingstock of his people. They ridiculed him. Things had gotten so bad for Jeremiah that he had forgotten what it was like to have peace and happiness. He said to himself, “My strength and hope have perished from the Lord.” When he thought of the affliction and pain he suffered, they filled him with despair. But one thing he remembers which brought him hope.
“Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed, because He compassions fail not.” Jeremiah realized that although he had taken quite a beating, he was still standing. He had not been consumed. God had shown him mercy and did not give him more than he could handle. He realized that his strength and hope could still be found in the Lord.
Jeremiah knew from personal experience about God’s faithfulness. God had promised that punishment would follow disobedience, and it did. But God also promised future restoration and blessing, and Jeremiah knew that God would keep that promise also. Trusting in God’s faithfulness day by day makes us confident in His great promises for the future. Like Jeremiah we too can declare, “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “Therefore I will hope in Him.” The next time you find yourself in the darkness of despair, look for that ray of hope. You will find it.