Lamentations 3:18-20 (AMP) says, “And I say, perished is my strength and my expectation from the Lord. O Lord, remember earnestly my affliction and my misery, my wandering and my outcast state, the wormwood and the gall. My soul has them continually in remembrance and is bowed down within me.”
In this passage of scripture, Jeremiah had almost given up completely. As he is telling God how he feels, he says something very interesting. He is remembering and reminding God of everything bad he has been going through, including his current state of bitterness (referenced by “the wormwood and the gall”). In the next sentence, he fully describes his problem and solution. He says that his soul (being his mind, will, and emotions) continually remembers his misery and bitterness. Therefore, his mind, will and emotions are “bowed down within” him. In other words, he rehearses everything that is bad in his life over and over within himself. His mind and emotions are full of bitterness or feeling wronged. If our mind and emotions are constantly full of negativity, our will refuses to line up to God’s Word.
Thankfully, in the middle of Jeremiah’s pity party, he suddenly remembered, “But this I recall and therefore have I hope and expectation: It is because of the Lord’s mercy and loving-kindness that we are not consumed, because His tender compassions fail not. They are new every morning; great and abundant is Your stability and faithfulness. The Lord is my portion or share, says my living being (my inner self); therefore will I hope in Him and wait expectantly for Him.” Lamentations 3:21-24
Don’t we all occasionally throw our own pity party? As much as we’d like to think that our pity party moves God to action, it doesn’t. Read on in verse 25, “The Lord is good to those who wait hopefully and expectantly for Him, to those who seek Him [inquire of and for Him and require Him by right of necessity and on the authority of God’s word].” What moves God to action is often our hope and expectancy through difficult situations. Verse 28 even says “Let him sit alone uncomplaining and keeping silent in hope….” It does not say we are to sit around complaining and being loud to God or others with our complaints. We must remember that God is omniscient, or all-knowing. He already knows what we don’t like about our situation. He isn’t waiting to hear us complain. He is waiting for us to wait correctly. Isaiah 30:18 (AMP) states, “And therefore the Lord earnestly waits [expecting, looking, and longing] to be gracious to you; and therefore He lifts Himself up, that He may have mercy on you and show loving-kindness to you. For the Lord is a God of justice. Blessed (happy, fortunate, to be envied) are all those who earnestly wait for Him, who expect and look and long for Him [for His victory, His favor, His love, His peace, His joy, and His matchless, unbroken companionship]!” Let us all purpose within ourselves to do just that! Be ready for a miracle! Be ready and expecting your breakthough! We should not be surprised by God’s mercies, His goodness, His favor, victory in times of adversity. We should be in a state of readiness and expectation for what God is about to do. So, let’s all get on board and prepare for victory during the battle. Through Jesus, we are victorious!
-Pastor Kimberly Marr