In Lamentations 3, the author is acknowledging sufferings experienced as punishment/correction for sin. The whole purpose of this is to lead the sufferer to an attitude of repentance and acceptance of the LORD’s goodness. The change in attitude from a focus on suffering to one of GOD’s steadfastness is clearly seen in verse 22-23, “The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases, his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning . . .”
I have a tendency to focus on negatives more than positives. It’s something I have struggled with as long as I can remember. I find that there are plenty of negatives to focus on these days. Nothing new really. But I have a hope that is settled on that which is beyond myself and my circumstances. I find that the attitude I choose to dwell on is what makes the difference one way or the other.
Today, like the poet, I choose to focus on the LORD’s steadfast love and provision for me. Any correction he has for me is for my good and betterment. How about you?
Shalom, Pastor Bill
Notes from the Staff @The Woods