A woman prayed for years that God would save her husband’s soul. When he died in a car crash, she was devastated, convinced that God did not answer her prayer. Five years later, a stranger came to visit her. He told her that 5 years before, her husband had given him a ride. As they went along, he explained salvation to him, and at one point, her husband stopped the car and prayed to accept Christ. When the woman heard this, she began to cry. She said, “I stopped living for God five years ago because I thought God had ignored my prayer to save my husband before he died.” Jeremiah knew he could rely on God to keep His promise to bless or to punish. He had pleaded passionately that His people would turn from sin and obey God to avoid exile. But they failed to listen and ended up in Babylon. Once in exile, Jeremiah lamented their fate, yet he clung to his confidence that God would keep His promise to end their exile after 70 years. In Lamentations chapter 3, he wrote, “The thought of my suffering is bitter beyond words… Yet I still dare to hope when I remember this: The faithful love of the LORD never ends! His mercies never cease. Great is his faithfulness… I will hope in him!” Yes, God’s children can rely on God’s faithfulness.
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