“Remembering mine affliction and my misery, the wormwood and the gall. My soul hath them still in remembrance, and is humbled in me. This I recall to my mind, therefore have I hope. It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness. The Lord is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him. The Lord is good unto them that wait for him, to the soul that seeketh him.”
Lamentations 3:19-25 KJV
Afflictions are something that many try to forget. But as much as we try to wipe them out of our memory, the Bible tells us that our soul remembers them. And because our soul remembers them, God has a constant reminder of our afflictions. I am humbled because I cannot hide from God. He sees all, he knows all, and when I think about these things I remember how much God cares for me and loves me. This gives me hope.
We put our hope in the Lord because not only does he know where we’ve been, but he knows where we’re going. Who is there better to put our hope in? He has forgiven us over and over again by giving us his mercy so that we are not consumed by our sin. His kindness and love towards us is so great, who can compare? When a child is born, as they grow they can resemble so many different members of our family but to God, we, his children, are a direct reflection of him at all times because he made us in his own image.
Our soul holds onto God because, it doesn’t die. It is an extension of God. The Bible says, “And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.” Genesis 2:7 KJV. We not only received the breath of life but we became a living eternal soul that is not bound to this earth. “The Lord is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him.” Lamentations 3:24 KJV
We wait for the Lord because our soul continually seeks that which is its portion. And God is good to them that wait.