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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

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We all remember dark moments in our lives. We struggle, we doubt, we cry—and yet, typically, there is one moment, a pivotal point, that transforms everything. For a child of God it is the moment when we realize that God is still around—and that He is good.

Lamentations 3 is not only the longest chapter of the book—it also represents this pivotal moment. “Through the LORD’s mercies we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness” (v. 22).

God’s goodness and compassion are not negotiable; they do not rely on us; they are freely available, but require one key response. We need to “wait for Him” (v. 25); we need to “wait quietly for the salvation of the LORD” (v. 26). Waiting requires stamina. We treat what we cannot see as reality; waiting is part of faith that takes hold of Jesus; waiting also requires examination and a willingness to repent and return.

“Let us search out and examine our ways, and turn back to the LORD. Let us lift our hearts and hands to God in heaven” (vs. 40, 41). As you face the challenges of today, lift your heart to the heavenly Father and tell Him that you are ready to see Him sort out your life

Gerald A. Klingbeil, D.Litt.

Assoc. Editor of Adventist Review/Adventist World

Research Professor, Andrews University