Grotto of God’s Unconditional Love
“Yet this I call to mind… Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed… His compassions never fail… They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” - (Lamentations 3: 21-24)
After writing his prophecy that has moved many scholars to label him “The Weeping Prophet” Jeremiah adds a short postscript to his fifty-two chapters of weeping. That postscript is called “Lamentations” which means “Weepings.”
You simply have to know why Jeremiah is weeping to understand and appreciate his writings. He is weeping about the Babylonian massacre and captivity of God’s chosen people! For years he warned the people of God that unless they repented this awful tragedy would happen. As he writes his Lamentations he has been permitted to remain in the land of Judah. Sitting in his Grotto he laments all the tragic things that have now happened.
In the midst of his deepest expressions of sorrow and sadness he suddenly breaks forth with the verses quoted above. These verses have been translated and paraphrased to tell us more clearly that what God revealed to Jeremiah in his darkest hour was that He had never stopped loving His chosen people. In some ways, God had never loved them more then when He chastised them with that Babylonian conquest and captivity.
A providential wonder of prophecy is that Jeremiah’s Grotto where he was seated as he wrote these Lamentations was on the top of a hill that was called “Golgatha.” This means that God gave Jeremiah this wonderful prophecy that His unconditional love was being expressed for His chosen people throughout the tragedy Jeremiah was lamenting on the very spot where centuries later God would pour out His unconditional love for the whole world.