Bad Times and the Power of a "Yet"

I don't think there has been a more anticipated New Year in my lifetime. "Out with the old" has never sounded so good!  "In with the new"?  I am hopeful.

The book of Lamentations provides us with a nice framework for how God's people should think about past, present, and future.

Lamentations 3:17-26
I have been deprived of peace; I have forgotten what prosperity is. So I say, “My splendor is gone and all that I had hoped from the LORD.”  I remember my affliction and my wandering, the bitterness and the gall. I well remember them, and my soul is downcast within me.  Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope:  Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail.  They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.  I say to myself, “The LORD is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.”  The LORD is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him; it is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the LORD. 


When reading this book the desperation and weariness of the prophet is palpable.   Peace and prosperity are in short supply.  He has been bitter, burdened, broken, battered, and bruised.

Then,  like a dawn bursting forth in darkness, this word appears:

YET!

Yet... I have hope.
Yet... God loves me.
Yet... the Lord gives compassion.
Yet... He is faithful.

The prophet is content to "wait for" this consistent, ever-present, God-of-love to show Himself. His confidence in spite of circumstance is comforting.

2020 has been rough... YET...

God wants you to experience the joy in his presence this coming year.  Peace is possible in 2020 and 2021.  Wait on Him! His compassions are new everyday!

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