Misery or Mercy


Brenda Myburgh

When Israel turned its back on God in the Old Testament, a lot of pain and suffering was experienced. Today we still experience misery when something devastating happens to us. Reading Lamentations we see it focuses on these intense feelings. The word “lament” means to feel sad and full of grief or sorrow.
In our experience of pain and misery we do struggle to see any silver lining around our cloud. Lamentation 3:17 says “…I have forgotten what good and happiness are.” I am sure that most of us have been in this place of misery and darkness. It is so uplifting to see the silver lining return in verses 21-23. We are reminded that there is a hope and expectation (v21). “It is because of the Lord’s mercy and loving-kindness that we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; great and abundant is Your stability and faithfulness” (v22, 23). Our Father’s unfailing mercy will help us get through whatever darkness we are facing. He will make every morning new and give us stability through our faith. Let’s choose mercy over misery, because we are children of The great “I am”.