Scripture reading for September 4th: Lamentations 2-5, Ezekiel 1
Key Scriptures: Lamentations 3:21-24 “Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for His compassion’s never fail. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness. I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for Him.””
Jeremiah wrote Lamentations as a series of poems lamenting the fall of Jerusalem and the suffering of God’s people. Each chapter is a new cry of anguish as waves of tears wash his eyes for the destruction he witnessed. In the midst of these ‘laments’, Jeremiah remembers God’s great love and compassion. This brings him hope in the midst of his grief and despair! God alone was his ‘portion’ or ‘inheritance’, and worth waiting on!
A Living Hope: “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In His great mercy He has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade–kept in heaven for you, who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time.” (1st Peter 1:3-5)