Recall to my Mind
Life can really be miserable sometimes. I say this not as a pessimist but as a realist. If one would look and think it would be easy to come to the conclusion that Solomon had in the book of Ecclesiastes. Everything is vain. Trouble and woe are only under the sun. Our lives in this day and age, although it is full of comforts, can also be a miserable too. So what do we do when we face miserable times? In Jeremiah’s day miserable was an understatement. His life and everything he knew was laid desolate. Judah, Israel’s southern kingdom, has been so badly destroyed due to the breaking of their covenant with God, that Jerusalem is a place where foxes roam. The beautiful city is a pile of rubble. The women of Judah were raped, the princes strung up to be made a mockery, the elders were dishonored, and the strong young men were placed in slavery. NOW that is Misery. So what do you do when your strength and hop is gone? What do you do when all you can think about is your affliction and misery?
You must bring to remembrance that you have hope. Lamentations 3:21 You have to begin to speak to your mind and talk to yourself truths about God. Look what Jeremiah did in Lamentations 3:22-32. You must recall to your mind the character of your God. You must recall how your God deals with you. You must recall to your mind that “ALL I HAVE IS HIM.” You must recall to your mind how you are to come to God and treat. Because there is only hope in Him and nothing else.