The book of Lamentations is a series of
dirges, or songs of mourning, that were written
against the backdrop of the Babylonian invasion
and destruction of Jerusalem. In the verses of
this book, we can see the awful sufferings endured
by the people of that city at the hand of
their enemies. Still, even in the midst of all the
pain and turmoil, God had His man in Jerusalem
to record the events and to bring honor to
The writer of the book of Lamentations
is believed to be Jeremiah. He was known as
the “weeping prophet.” A study of Jeremiah’s
life reveals a portrait of unending sadness and
After enduring a life like this; after being
rejected, hated, mocked, imprisoned, and
ignored; after seeing his beloved Jerusalem
ransacked, desecrated, and destroyed; after
experiencing the horror of war, the brutality of
the enemy, and the pangs of hunger, Jeremiah
was still able to stand amid the rubble of the
city and the bodies of the dead and lift his voice
in praise to God for His great, unfailing faithfulness
to His people.
Like Jeremiah, we all go through times
when life seems to fall apart at the seams.
When these times come, we also need the
blessed assurance that God is faithful!
I. GOD IS FAITHFUL IN HIS GRACE
Mercies. This word is translated “lovingkindness”
over 30 times in the Old Testament.
It is a very expressive word that conveys all
the ideas of “love, grace, mercy, faithfulness,
goodness, and devotion.” This word pictures
God as the divine Lover of men. It finds
its New Testament equivalent in the idea of
God’s love and grace. Notice a couple of quick
thoughts about the amazing grace of God.
A. His grace saves us. Only grace could have reached us in our lost, doomed condition (Eph. 2:1-4). We could not get to God, so God came to us!
B. His grace secures us. Grace not only
sought us out when we were lost in sin; grace
keeps us in our saved condition in Christ. We
are prone to failure. We are prone to spiritual
wandering. Thankfully, salvation is the Lord’s
arena and not ours! We are saved by His grace,
and we are kept by that same grace (1 Pet. 1:5;
Ps. 37:23, 24, 28; John 4:13, 14).
II. GOD IS FAITHFUL IN HIS GIFTS
(VERSES 22B, 23)
Compassion. This is a word that literally
means “womb.” It means “to be moved in the
heart out of love for another.” This word is a
picture of the grace of God actively moving
in the life of the believer. You see, as we pass
through our storms and valleys, we do not do
so alone! Notice two thoughts here about the
great gifts of God.
A. God’s gifts are faithful (verse 23b). God
did not promise an easier road, but He promised
that His grace would be sufficient for the need (2
Cor. 12:9). Grace is usually defined as “the unmerited
love and favor of God toward sinners.” It
carries that idea, but this is a word that has come
to mean so much more than that. It has come to
refer to “the strength of God to face battles and
to bear up under times of difficulty.”
As a believer, you’ll never face a situation
that God will not give grace to help you make
it through. Notice the promise given in Isaiah
1. The gift of His presence (Heb. 13:5; Matt. 28:20). These verses, along with others, reveal the great truth that God is always present with His children. Even when He cannot be seen, He is there.
2. The gift of His performance (Eph. 3:20). Focus on the word “able.” If this verse is to be taken at face value—and I am certain that it is—then it becomes plain that our God is greater, by far, than any problem we have or will ever face.
3. The gift of His provision (Phil. 4:19; Matt. 6:25-33; Ps. 37:25). These verses teach us the great truth that God is interested in meeting our needs. Are we confident that God will indeed provide for our needs?
4. The gift of His person (Heb. 13:8; Mal.
3:6). These verses reveal the truth about God’s
nature that makes Him reliable at all times. That
is simply the fact that He does not change! God
is the same today as He has been forever and
the same as He will be forever. He was faithful
in the beginning, and He will be faithful in the
B. God’s gifts are fresh (verse 23a). According
to this verse, God’s grace is as fresh
as the new day (Matt. 6:34). We do not have
to worry about there not being enough for us
to make it through, because God’s grace is sufficient
for our needs.
III. GOD IS FAITHFUL IN HIS GOODNESS
The word “good” has the idea of “pleasant,
agreeable and excellent.” It refers to the character
of God. This word reminds us that God is
ever engaged in that which is best in the lives
of His children.
A. He is a satisfier (verse 24a). God is described as the soul’s “portion.” This word means “share or booty.” It refers to “the spoils of war.” Jeremiah is saying, “In the battle of life, God is my reward, my share, and my portion.” When the Lord is viewed in this light, He will be all that a person needs to be satisfied in his or her soul (Ps. 103:5; 107:9).
B. He is a sustainer (verses 24b, 25). God will never fail those who place their trust in Him (Is. 49:23; Rom. 10:11). He will honor every single word of all of His precious promises (Matt. 5:18; Ps. 119:89, 90; Is. 40:8).
C. He is a Savior (verse 26). In this context,
Jeremiah is saying, “Those who wait upon
the Lord will see Him bring them out of their
troubles and trials. He will not fail His children,
but, in His time, He will deliver them from all
If you will stop trusting yourself, your religion,
and your own goodness, and if you will
come to God, confessing your sins and calling
on Jesus for salvation, God will forgive you and
give you the assurance of salvation (Rom. 10:9,
13; Rev. 22:17).
Great is the faith that can stand amid the
wreckage of life and declare the praises of God.
Jeremiah was that kind of a believer. Are you?
As you and I face the battles, burdens, valleys,
storms, and trials of life, we must always
remember that we are Jesus’ little lambs and
that He is able to carry us safely through. So,
what kind of battles are you fighting today?
Bring them to the Father and trust in His unchanging,
I hope that you can say, as Jeremiah did,
“Great is Thy faithfulness.” Do you need to experience
that faithfulness today?