Can we hope?

How Can We Hope in a God Who Abandons Us? (Lamentations 3:25)
Jeremiah steadfastly recognized that the Lord had not abandoned his people, despite the pain of their situation. Rather, God’s people had abandoned him. Jeremiah, the weeping prophet, is also called the prophet of hope, because he foresaw a day when the Lord would reign in the midst of a restored, renewed and reconciled people—people who had finally returned to him.

Jesus knew this paradox between abandonment and hope. In the midst of his suffering and death on the cross, he cried, My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? (Mt 27:46). Yet Jesus also knew that he would be resurrected on the third day, opening the gate of eternal life to all believers. The despair of the cross has now become the gift of life to perishing sinners.

Abandonment, sorrow, struggle and pain—all these are transitory. Wholeness, healing, joy and peace are permanent, for they are part of the very nature of God. That is what sustains the believer through difficult times. Although Jeremiah grieved over Jerusalem’s destruction, he knew God would prevail.

Taken from NIV Quest Study Bible

It is so very true that God has not abandoned His creation of which we all are a part. It is mankind who has abandoned their Creator. It is we who only want to believe in a God who supplies us with our every wish and when we don’t get it disown Him! God isn’t in the business of producing automatons who only love Him because they have no choice. That wouldn’t be real love now would it? God has given us a choice, from the very beginning we had this choice and we chose to disobey. From that day to this we have been a rebellious people. God however still loves us each and every one and is waiting for us to turn back to Him. We can do this and be accepted into His Kingdom by and through Jesus Christ and that is the only way. Even those who have never heard of Jesus will be accepted if they have known there is a Creator God and by their lives have honoured Him. God hasn’t promised us our every secular wish and owes us nothing but He is ready to give us everything we need in this life and the promise of an everlasting life thereafter.

Shirley Anne