When we are sick or when have difficult times, our minds often focus on the negative. Sometimes, the devil stirs up bad things from the past – and so we remember these also.
Here in Lamentations, Jeremiah has seen Jerusalem destroyed and God’s people taken into exile and he is also remembering his own troubles. He says, “I remember… the wormwood and the gall.” This phrase means bitterness and poison. His troubles were so great, they were like bitter poison.
As he thinks about the trouble, it discourages him. Verse 20: “My soul continually remembers it and is bowed down within me.” He is saying, “I am crushed as my mind focuses on the trouble.”
But then he says (verse 21): “But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope.” He is making a decision to call something else to mind – something that will give him hope.
What does he call to mind? Verse 22: “The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; His mercies never come to an end.”
He chooses to start thinking about the Lord’s unfailing love, to start thinking about His goodness and mercy, and that gives him hope.
Trouble and sickness are more than just physical problems, they involve a battle for the mind. Ask the Lord today to help you to turn your mind to Him, to the fact that His love is forever and that His goodness and mercy will never fail.