"For the Lord will not cast off forever: But though he cause grief, yet will he have compassion according to the multitude of his mercies." Lamentations 3: 31, 32
IN JESUS TODAY!
Here we find Jeremiah first lamenting over his afflictions, reasoning out within himself that God is one that causes grief, yet not forever. He remembers that God is a God of mercy. Jeremiah is absolutely overwhelmed by the effects of sin and the destruction that it brings and we see in the first seventeen versus of this third chapter of Lamentations Three, this is exactly what Jeremiah was doing, lamenting over the effects of the sins of Israel and the destruction that sin has caused. Now, although they have repented, the consequences are profound and Jeremiah cries out to God, as if to say, "How long O Lord? You have broken and crushed us and the weight of your hand against us is more than we can bear!" And next, from versus eighteen and on we see also that Jeremiah has concluded his lamenting and finds within a reason for hope, recalling from remembrance that God will not break a person forever. He remembers that God is a God of mercy, a God that is satisfied at confession and repentance and will stop the affliction against a person and turn it away from those that have sorrow for their sins. Now there are some that are not satisfied at the point of repentance and would desire to see more affliction, even a pound of flesh, or the same weight in blood to prove that a person has suffered enough for their sin. Of course these people are sick, not remembering that they sin and could need God's mercy at some time.
Friend, in our life we will suffer from the effects of sin, but we must always remember that God will not break a bruised reed that has repented and turned to him for mercy, in fact God will turn against those who desire this pound of flesh or pint of blood and require this of them! God is just and God is merciful, full of compassion and goodness! God will save us in our time of need!