“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 3:21-23
In the preceding verses, the prophet Jeremiah recalls the bitterness of his suffering, which very nearly drags him into despair. How many times have you been there? Satan likes to keep us in this state of wallowing in hopelessness.
But in verse 21 he says, “But this I call to mind.” Even though his circumstances were bad he chose to turn his thoughts toward God. It was a very conscious and deliberate choice to dwell on God. And these truths of God filled the writer with hope.
Only moments before he had been overwhelmed with sorrow, but taking every thought captive and purposefully remembering God’s attributes transformed his whole outlook. He even comes to the conclusion that his trials were good for him (v. 27)!
You too have a choice to make. Will you keep your gaze on the difficulties of your life or will you turn your eyes to Jesus and remember His great love (v. 22), His compassion (v. 22), His faithfulness (v. 23), and His goodness (v. 25)? The former leads to despair, but the latter brings great hope.