Jesus is here to carry us through this life and beyond.
Lamentations Chapter 3 demonstrates perseverance in faith.
It tells of the prophet (possibly Jeremiah) relating a discouraging part of his life and how he found support and relief. In his time of trial, he perceived the Lord as something terrible. Being in sin, the ‘affliction’ he faced was doubly bitter. This writing shows the difficult struggle between unbelief and faith. Such struggle is of a weak believer who is prone to hear the whispers of satan and believe the Lord’s love, mercy and compassion are not present.
As explained by Matthew Henry, Lamentations 3:21-36 -
“Having stated his distress and temptation, the prophet (Jeremiah?) shows how he was raised above it. Bad as things are, it is owing to the mercy of God that they are not worse. We should observe what makes for us, as well as what is against us. God's compassions fail not; of this we have fresh instances every morning. Portions on earth are perishing things, but God is a portion for ever. It is our duty, and will be our comfort and satisfaction, to hope and quietly to wait for the salvation of the Lord. Afflictions do and will work very much for good: many have found it good to bear this yoke in their youth; it has made many humble and serious, and has weaned them from the world, who otherwise would have been proud and unruly. If tribulation works patience, that patience will work experience, and that experience a hope that makes not ashamed. Due thoughts of the evil of sin, and of our own sinfulness, will convince us that it is of the Lord's mercies we are not consumed. If we cannot say with unwavering voice, The Lord is my portion; may we not say, I desire to have Him for my portion and salvation, and in his word do I hope? Happy shall we be, if we learn to receive affliction as laid upon us by the hand of God.”
Today’s song is a powerful yet peaceful love song of assurance in faith that Jesus has you and is there to carry you … every time you let Him.
Reaching the water's edge
Finding there's nowhere to go but through
Searching the depths within
Seeing there's no place to hold onto
But Your feet have walked
Through every wave that I'll ever face
Carry me over the water
Carry me through the darkest night
Carry me over the water
Safe to the other side
Let Jesus carry you and renew your strength!