It is generally believed by most that the prophet Jeremiah is the author of Lamentations. Lamentations was written during a particularly dark period in Israel’s history. The city of Jerusalem was under siege from Nebuchadnezzar, King of Babylon, and those inside the city were starving. The nation of Israel has been invaded and is now controlled by a foreign power.
It was during this time that these laments (poems) were written. To lament means to grieve for or mourn. This book is not a happy book. Lamentations 1:1 says, “How lonely sits the city that was full of people. How like a widow is she, who was great among the nations. The princess among the provinces has become a slave (forced laborer).
The city was once bustling with people, but now is silent. Like a widow broken with grief, she sits alone in her mourning. Once the queen of nations, she is now a slave. That is a pretty bleak scene, isn’t it? Sometimes in our personal lives it feels that way as well. Sometimes it feels as though God has stopped working in our lives. Sometimes there are signs to indicate that we are experiencing a God-failure.
The problem could be physical, it could be financial, or emotional. We may be experiencing personal problems, or a natural disaster, even a national disaster. Something bad happens, and it looks like you are experiencing a God-failure. We might even ask ourselves, “Has God stopped working?” But, I want to encourage you, God never stops working, He never stops blessing.
Even in those times when we feel that God has failed, He never stops caring and He never stops protecting. God never fails. There is always a ray of hope. And that ray of hope is the Lord Jesus Christ. That is what Jeremiah embraced in those dark days. This is what he remembers when all seems lost and hopeless. He remembers the unfailing love of God. We have all experienced times of joy and sadness. The church has experienced times of joy and sadness, times of unity and times of conflict.
In every situation God is always faithful. His mercies are indeed new every morning. This gives us the hope necessary to continue to embrace God’s faithfulness as we move into the future, both personally and corporately. May God keep you and bless you and make His face to shine upon you.