What Are You Calling to Mind?

Over the last month or two, God’s Word has been such a source of encouragement to Robin and me. It never ceases to amaze me how God will sovereignly direct us to a passage that we have read over and over again, but when read in the context of our present circumstances, it brings on a new meaning. There are many passages that Robin and I are holding on to as we begin our journey to be missionaries in Washington, D.C. — Deuteronomy 32:10-12, Joshua 1:9, Matthew 6:34, and Philippians 4:6-7, among others. There is not a night that goes by as we read the Bible as a family that something doesn’t apply to our current situation. God is bringing us so much certainty in Him while we experience so much uncertainty around us.

Recently, another familiar passage has struck me, Lamentations 3:16-26. It reads,

He has made my teeth grind on gravel,
and made me cower in ashes;
my soul is bereft of peace;
I have forgotten what happiness is;
so I say, “My endurance has perished;
so has my hope from the LORD.”
Remember my affliction and my wanderings,
the wormwood and the gall!
My soul continually remembers it
and is bowed down within me.
But this I call to mind,
and therefore I have hope:
The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases;
his mercies never come to an end;
they are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.
“The LORD is my portion,” says my soul,
“therefore I will hope in him.”
The LORD is good to those who wait for him,
to the soul who seeks him.
It is good that one should wait quietly
for the salvation of the LORD.

— Lamentations 3:16-26, ESV

Many times, this is familiar because it is the passage where the hymn “Great Is Your Faithfulness” came from. But what strikes me is the phrase, “But this I call to mind.” In the midst of uncertainty and difficult that was encircling Jeremiah, he chose to think about the LORD. And he thought of His amazing attributes, His steadfast love, mercy, faithfulness, and goodness.

What is going on in your life that has you beaten down? What is happening where you can’t seem to see the light? Look at what Jeremiah did and follow his example: set your mind on your God who is so much bigger than anything you are going through and promises to use every circumstance of the believer for their good and His glory! Trust that and call these truths to mind.

by Jon Rees, Pastor of High School Ministries