Read: Lamentations 3:25-33
Jerusalem was engulfed in flames, and the prophet Jeremiah wept. His prediction of divine judgement was not heeded by the people. Now his prophecy had come to pass with horrifying intensity. The book of Lamentations records the prophet’s grieving process over the destruction of Jerusalem.
Jeremiah organised the book around the 22 letters of the Hebrew alphabet, using a technique of alphabetic acrostics to help the reader in memorising the passages more easily. But using this technique also shows that he did not cut short his grieving process. He took deliberate and intentional time to reflect upon and even to write down his heartbrokenness.
In the midst of his grief, the comfort of God surfaced. Reminders of God’s sovereignty and goodness gave the prophet hope as he faced the future: “For the Lord will not cast off forever. Though He causes grief, yet He will show compassion according to the multitude of His mercies” (Lam. 3:31-32).
If you have recently experienced a painful loss, remember to take adequate time to grieve and to reflect upon God’s goodness. Then you will be able to experience His comfort and hope for the future. God allows sorrows and tears today to open our hearts to the joys of tomorrow.