Faithless or Faithful?
Faithful Jeremiah lived and served at Judah’s most tragic moment. As Nebuchadnezzar’s Babylonian army besieged Jerusalem, the once proud people of God were trapped inside starving, forced to feed upon the flesh of those already slain beside them. Jeremiah’s book of Lamentations could be called the “Book of Depressions” as he expresses his utter despair in poetic tragedy.
In living and loving, we too can experience setbacks and disappointments that bring upon us frustration and despair. Through the highs and lows of walking by faith, the exhilaration and exhaustion can often leave us hollowed out.
Jeremiah revealed the depth of his despair when he wrote: “My soul … sinks within me” (Lamentations 3:20). What a vivid description of being at the bottom-of-the-barrel! In the middle of the horrific circumstances he found himself in; his soul caved in … but he chose not to stay there.He first recalls God’s goodness: “The Lord’s mercies … are new every morning” (v. 22), and then bursts into rapturous praise to God: “Great is Your faithfulness!” (v. 23). He then makes this incredible declaration: “The Lord is my portion … therefore, I hope in Him!” (v. 24).
When Jeremiah was on the verge of faithlessness, he chose to fall upon God’s faithfulness. Choosing to “feed on His faithfulness” (Psalm 37:3), he found, as always; God was his Portion … his Source and Sustainer! Remember, at your very worst, good is just one decision away. Even at the bottom-of-the-barrel, look up. Call on Him!
Paul explained it like this: “If we are faithless, He remains faithful; He cannot deny himself” (2 Timothy 2:13). God is absolutely reliable, completely trustworthy … unquestionably faithful. He cannot deny who He is.
Our confidence does not lie in our ability to follow Him (for this is shaky ground for even the best of us), it rests in His ability (and willingness) to lead us.