We all have bad days, but Jeremiah was having a really, really bad day (or days).
Babylon had destroyed Jerusalem, and Jeremiah was among those Israelite’s carried off by Nebuchadnezzar into exile. It was a bad day.
My soul is bereft of peace;
I have forgotten what happiness is; so I say, “My endurance has perished;
so has my hope from the Lord.” (Lamentations 3:17-18)
But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope: The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. “The LORD is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in him.” (Lamentations 3:21-24)
In the midst of sheer hopelessness, Jeremiah could say “I have hope”, “therefore I will hope.” He had hope because he called to mind the steadfast love, mercy, and faithfulness of God. Even though the world around him was being torn apart, he knew God was good, and that was enough. He had hope in God, therefore he remained hopeful under the crushing weight of hopelessness.
Have you lost hope? Have you forgotten what happiness is? If so, you need to call to mind the goodness of God and hope in Him. Only then can you say “I have hope (in God), therefore I will hope (in this terrible situation).
We all have bad days, and the only way through them is by keeping our eyes on God, who is good.