Heavy And Hard

Heavy And Hard

10 September 2010

Today’s Reading: Lamentations 3-5; Revelation 15


28 When life is heavy and hard to take, go off by yourself. Enter the silence. 29 Bow in prayer. Don’t ask questions: Wait for hope to appear. 30 Don’t run from trouble. Take it full-face. The “worst” is never the worst. (Lamentations 3:28-30 MSG)

Lamentations. Jeremiah’s lament. Jeremiah’s memory was seared with the pain of his rejection and mockery, torture and imprisonment by the Jews. The images of starving people in the streets of Jerusalem during the siege were forever burned in his mind. Sometimes it almost got to be too much for him to cope with.

Jeremiah had the spiritual discipline to be able to walk through a storm of feelings to the rock of faith, through a hurricane of facts to a refuge of truth. Here’s how he did it: (Take a few moments to read Lamentations 3:19-36)
• I remember the pain and the feeling of hitting bottom.
• I also remember God’s love and that helps me keep a grip on hope.
• God’s love couldn’t have run out, because he creates his mercies new every morning.
• God is faithful and he’s all I’ve got left.
• Wait passionately, seek diligently – God will show up.
• Quietly hope for help from God – stay with it, don’t give up.
• Get quiet. Enter the silence. Pray. Wait for hope to appear. Don’t run. Face it.
Why? Because God will come through!

It takes a lot of spiritual discipline and mental determination to walk the steep and winding pathway from despair to hope. Jeremiah did it. With God’s help we can all do it. There’s part of it that we can help each other with – we need to stay ready to ask for help and we need to be ready to give help even if it isn’t asked for. We also need to enter the silence with passionate patience and diligent seeking and quietly hope for God. God will come through for you!


Father, I remember the feeling of hitting the bottom. I also remember your loyal and merciful love – you are so faithful! Help me be ready the next time the storm rages and help me be sensitive, caring, and available to help my friends walk through their storms to your safety. Amen.

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