Our God is full of compassion. . . . When I was brought low, he saved me. (Ps. 116:5–6)

 THINK ABOUT A TIME you felt desperate. You lost a job and didn’t know how to pay the bills. Your mother passed away suddenly, leaving you with both emotional and tangible needs. You moved to a new city, and loneliness consumed you.

In desperate moments, many of us ask God the big question: “Why?” Perhaps we feel like an explanation will silence our hurt or provide a solution. Often, we’re just angry.

When we’re in need of hope, God is ready to rain down compassion on us. He’s a Savior waiting to pull us out of our abyss and respond to our questions with grace. All we must do is turn to him and cry out, “Mercy!”—and he will meet us there.

Lamentations 3:22–27 tells us that God’s love is greater than any circumstance; his faithfulness pours out freely to those who hope in him. But what this passage doesn’t promise is results. Instead, it ends with the declaration that “it is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord” (v. 26).

Our situations may or may not change. But even so, we can trust that God is sovereign. Instead of looking for a way out, we can look for him in the pain. We can expect his great love to save us. For as a dear friend once said, “God tastes best in brokenness.”

Look for God in everything, for he is good.

Sarah E. Westfall resides in Fort Wayne, Indiana, with husband Ben and their four boys. Her elusive free time is spent reading, home remodeling, and writing.

© 2019 Wesleyan Publishing House. Reprinted from Light from the Word. Used by permission.