God’s great faithfulness is the major theme in The Book of Lamentations. It was written at an extremely desperate time in the history of God’s people. Israel had been devastated and destroyed by invasion. It was a season when suffering and grief seemed almost overwhelming.
Looking at our own lives, we see that it is easy to lose all joy during hard times. Anyone who has been on a diet or gone to a gym hoping to lose weight can attest to the fact that it doesn’t take much for us to become overwhelmed and discouraged. Looking at the bills pile up and wondering how much longer we can stretch the money until the next paycheck.
In verses 17-20 we see sorrow. Then the writer remembers and meditates upon the goodness of the Lord. The result is renewed hope. We are reminded that, because He promised in His Word, the steadfast love of the Lord never ceases. As easy as it is to become discouraged, in order to walk by faith and not by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7), it is imperative that we wait quietly for the victorious salvation of the Lord. (Lamentations 3:26).
The above commentary points out the three key elements required in order to successfully conquer change.
Drop the Denial. The writer of Lamentations admits and is transparent about grief. He boldly expresses his feelings. Culture tends to resist the honest sharing of feelings, opting rather to bury them. We have all heard that big boys don’t cry. But burying feelings is unhealthy.
Redirect Your Thinking. When we are facing loss, the soul continues to draw towards the loss and dwell on it. We focus on the negative issue which makes it bigger and depressing in our mind. We see this in Lamentations 3:21. Its just like is putting a cone over a dog’s head to prevent him from aggravating the sore and prolonging the healing process. Hope replaces despair when we focus deliberately on God’s goodness, mercy, and steadfast love. As we worship, we change the focus of our heart and remember that the joy of the Lord is our strength (Nehemiah 8:10).
Wait on Him with Expectancy. It is good to wait quietly upon the Lord. Waiting is not passive. To wait means to look forward with confidence, hope, and expectancy of good things to come. In our case, we are expectant and hopeful regarding the great and precious promises of the Lord (2 Peter 1:4). We must be in agreement with God’s Word, putting aside our doubts and carnal demands. We must wrap yourself around His promises and be interwoven like the twisting of a rope. For His beloved, to wait means to focus upon God and His word, expecting Him to come through. “But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” (Isaiah 40:31)