|The LORD is good to those whose hope is in him, |
to the one who seeks him;
it is good to wait quietly
|The LORD is good unto them that wait for him, to the soul that seeketh him. It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the LORD.|
|The LORD is good to those who wait for Him, |
To the person who seeks Him.
It is good that he waits silently
For the salvation of the LORD.
|Lamentations 3:25-26 |
The prophet's job was to speak on behalf of God. Having reconciled his own sorrow in the previous verses (see vv. 21-24), Jeremiah turned his attention outward and preached to the people of Judah. His message urged them to accept what was from the hand of God without complaint and hope in His mercy.
Thomas Nelson, I. (1997, c1995). Woman's study Bible. (La 3:25). : Thomas Nelson.
Despite the hostility of those around him, Jeremiah faithfully proclaimed God's Word and warned of judgment for forty years. Without human companionship for most of this time, Jeremiah was forced to turn to the Lord. Jeremiah poured out his heart to God, expressing his anger, his sorrows, and his anguish. God encouraged Jeremiah, but did not let the prophet draw back from his painful ministry.
In the end, Jeremiah's predictions of doom and destruction all came true. The prophet was vindicated, but never appreciated. Only after his death was Jeremiah given the respect and appreciation he always deserved. How striking that when the crowds of Jesus' day were asked who they thought Christ might be, their first response was that He was possibly Jeremiah or one of the other great prophets (Matt. 16:14)!
Richards, L. (1999). Every man in the Bible (100). : T. Nelson.