Hope Returns *Lam. 3:19-23, 31-32, 37-40

“Who can speak and have it happen if the Lord had not decreed it so.”
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 compassion never fail.
23 They are new every morning;
great is Your faithfulness.
31 For no one is cast off
by the Lord forever.
32 Though He brings grief, He will show compassion,
so great is His unfailing love.
37 Who can speak and have it happen
if the Lord has not decreed it?
38 Is it not from the mouth of the Most High
that both calamities and good things come?
39 Why should the living complain
when punished for their sins?
40 Let us examine our ways and test them,
and let us return to the LORD.