19 I remember my affliction and my wandering, the bitterness and the gall.20 I well remember them, and my soul is downcast within me.21 Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope. 22 Because of the Lord's great love we are not consumed,for his compassions never fail.23 They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. 24 I say to myself, The Lord is my portion;therefore I will wait for him. 25 The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him;26 it is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord. 27 It is good for a man to bear the yoke while he is young. 28 Let him sit alone in silence,for the Lord has laid it on him. 29 Let him bury his face in the dust - there may yet be hope.30 Let him offer his cheek to one who would strike him,and let him be filled with disgrace.31 For men are not cast off by the Lord forever.32 Though he brings grief, he will show compassion, so great is his unfailing love.33 For he does not willingly bring affliction or grief to the children of men.
On Sunday one of the points we went over was to FIND the good. Specifically, instead of finding all of the bad things in other people and being judgemental, we should be people who look to find the good. I think this passage in Lamentations is a good reminder for us not only to find the good in others but to remember to find the good that God continually does in our lives. The first two verses speak of the author's problems. Affliction, wandering, bitterness, and gall are the things that he lists that are obviously causes to why his soul is downcast. At that point, the author has a choice to continue to find the negative things going on in his life and focusing on them or he can do what he does which is turn his focus to the good that God does in his life. He starts finding the good and in that he IMMEDIATELY has hope. If today you find your soul downcast, read this passage of scripture and be reminded of the good that God has done, is doing, and will continue to do for you and let that give you hope. Your circumstance might not immediately change but your attitude about it can. As you read this, I challenge you to FIND THE GOOD!!