The Christian Waits a Little While (Lamentations 3:18-33)

Pastor Dale Jaech, May 7, 2017
Part of the ILCW-A Lent/Easter 2017 series, preached at a Sunday Divine service

Heavenly Father, we know that You do not willingly afflict the children of men, for You have given Your only Son Jesus Christ into death to redeem us from the curse of death. You also promise judgment upon those who spurn Your grace and reject Your redemption. May Your Holy Spirit grant us patience to await Your mercy and compassion in all trials and troubles, and may we be found patiently waiting when Jesus returns to take us home. Amen.

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Lamentations 3:18-33

18 so I say, “My endurance has perished;
so has my hope from the Lord.”

19 Remember my affliction and my wanderings,
the wormwood and the gall!
20 My soul continually remembers it
and is bowed down within me.
21 But this I call to mind,
and therefore I have hope:

22 The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;
his mercies never come to an end;
23 they are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.
24 “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul,
“therefore I will hope in him.”

25 The Lord is good to those who wait for him,
to the soul who seeks him.
26 It is good that one should wait quietly
for the salvation of the Lord.
27 It is good for a man that he bear
the yoke in his youth.

28 Let him sit alone in silence
when it is laid on him;
29 let him put his mouth in the dust—
there may yet be hope;
30 let him give his cheek to the one who strikes,
and let him be filled with insults.

31 For the Lord will not
cast off forever,
32 but, though he cause grief, he will have compassion
according to the abundance of his steadfast love;
33 for he does not willingly afflict
or grieve the children of men. (ESV)

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