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