Jeremiah May Have Been A Bullfrog – But He Was A Prophet Too

Everyone needs hope. When we make a mistake, we need hope that we can get a second chance. We cling to the hope that one day, things will be better. When we mess up, the devil can make us think there is no tomorrow. There is no hope.
In the book of Lamentations, the prophet Jeremiah felt like that. Now someone may be thinking; “I thought Jeremiah was a bullfrog…” In the song by “Three Dog Night” he was but in the Bible, he was a prophet. 🙂
For years, he had told the people of Judah that if they didn’t repent and turn to God they would be punished. And, that’s exactly what happened. The Babylonians, under the leadership of a man named Nebuchadnezzer, came to Judah and concerned the city of Jerusalem. And, Nebuchadnezzer took some people captive. So, Jeremiah sees people being led away… these are the people he warned that punishment was coming if they didn’t repent.
As he watched the people being led away Jeremiah was down. He says, “Remember my affliction and my wandering, the wormwood and bitterness. Surely my soul remembers and is bowed down within me.” Notice Jeremiah says “Remember my affliction and wandering…” Jeremiah was down.He was discouraged. Have you ever been there? Sure you have… I have. It’s no fun.
But then Jeremiah says that in the midst of his despair, “This I recall to my mind…. Therefore I have hope…” Something came to Jeremiah’s mind that gave him hope. What was it?
He says in verse twenty-two; “The Lord’s lovingkindnesses indeed never cease. For His compassions never fail.. They are new every morning; Great is Thy faithfulness.”
Jeremiah was reminded that there is hope for Israel. He says “The Lord’s lovingkindesses never cease… His compassions never fail….
There is never a time when God gives up on us. There is never a time when God says, “You have messed up one too many times… I’m done with you.”
Have you messed up? Made a mistake? There is still hope.
Every night, when bedtime comes, we get ready for bed and lie down. We think about the events of the day and maybe those events involved a mistake or mistakes. We may toss and turn some before going to sleep because of our mistakes. But eventually, we fall off to sleep. For six… seven… maybe eight hours, our bed rests.
Until, the alarm clock goes off. We get up, get our coffee and begin our day. It’s a new day. Yesterday is done. And like Jeremiah, “we recall these things to our minds…. The Lord’s compassions are new every morning, therefore we have hope.”
There is hope. That doesn’t mean we are going to win the mega million lottery. It doesn’t mean a big check will come in the mail… It means that minute by minute… hour by hour… day by day… the Lord is with us. His mercies are new every morning.

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