By Nicole Cardillo
“My soul continually remembers it and is bowed down within me. But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope: The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness.” Lamentations 3:20-23 (NKJV)
A few years ago I fell in love with photography, and though I am not a great photographer, I have been able to capture the beauty of God’s creation. Sunsets and sunrises are my favorite because no matter what type of day it is, there are different color schemes painted across His canvas. The magnificence of the land and sky is the closest I have ever felt to God.
The prophet Jeremiah went through a time when his soul was in an extremely low place. In the third chapter of Lamentations, Jeremiah pours his heart out and explains all the ways that God had opposed him.
However, there is also a shift in this third chapter where Jeremiah finds hope—and it is this example that we can glean from.
Jeremiah did not forget where he came from.
He remembered the pain and remembered it for what it is was. When I remember what my life had been before accepting Christ, I am reminded of a strength that I did not have and could not attribute to myself.
Jeremiah found hope.
Hope in current times is often associated with a doubtful outcome. For instance, how many times have we said, “I hope the kids go to bed early” or “I hope the weather holds out for our road trip.” There is a skepticism. But biblical hope is secure and includes confident expectations. This confident, secure foundation was what Jeremiah reconnected with.
Jeremiah held onto a promise of restoration.
God’s Word is filled with promises that help us throughout our walk as a believer. We need to find promises from Scripture and stand firmly on them. As it says in Ephesians 6:10-20, “Therefore take up the whole armor of God…the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God” (NKJV).
Jeremiah found newness in each day.
No matter what the day brought, Jeremiah had confidence that God’s mercies and His compassion would be fresh each morning. Even if the day we had was horrific and we lost patience with our child or spouse, tomorrow brings new opportunities to walk in His faithfulness. If I missed an opportunity to pray with someone or to talk to someone about Christ, there is mercy for that.
Jeremiah recognized God’s faithfulness.
Great is Thy faithfulness! Despite God’s discipline of the Kingdom of Judah, He was faithful. Like a father who has to discipline his child, God’s love for His children does not change. His faithfulness is sometimes within the discipline. For the child, that is a difficult concept to understand, but it is truth.
Sunsets and sunrises are a reminder of the new day ahead, a reflection on the day that’s coming to a close and the hope of what’s ahead as a new day starts.
May we always remember where God has taken us from, the things He has called us to presently, and the desire to stand on His promises for the days ahead.
Nicole Cardillo is a stay-at-home mom and lives with her husband and daughter in New Jersey. She and her husband serve in ministry at their church. Nicole has a master’s degree in counseling and desires to help those with the help the Lord has given to her (2 Corinthians 1:3-4). She enjoys reading, capturing God’s creation through her camera, and enjoying a good cup of coffee. Connect with her on instagram at @mrscardillojr__