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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.
It is easy to get consumed during the advent season. The holiday pressures of today's culture can cultivate anxiety, depression, and fear. It is difficult to hold onto hope when we are consumed by these pressures. Jesus provides a hope that we can hold on to.
In Lamentations 3:20-26, Jeremiah was looking for hope in the midst of despair. Throughout our day-to-day lives, it is easy to feel despair. We feel pressure in our jobs and relationships, which can lead to anxiety, worry, and fear. During the holiday season, many feel an overwhelming sense of hopelessness. Jeremiah prophesied that a savior would arrive (Jeremiah 33:14-16). That savior is Jesus. Jesus provides hope to sustain us through our difficulties. He gives us hope for a fresh start; your mistakes are not so bad that God cannot redeem you. Jesus gives you hope for your needs. What you need is not always what you want. We all need a savior and God sent us a savior in the form of Jesus. Hold on to the hope that Jesus provides.