Weekly Study Questions

Lamentations 3:19-31, "Hope's Anchor"

  1. What does it mean to hope in the Lord? What is hope and in what way is it similar to faith.
  2. Discuss how Jeremiah got to the point where he declares in Lam. 3:18 that his hope from the Lord has perished. What are some of the things we face that have the potential to extinguish our hope in the Lord?
  3. What role does suffering and affliction play in developing a true hope that is in the Lord? How does Romans 5:1-5 apply to fully developing "hope"?
  4. What does it mean that Jeremiah soul is bowed down? What is he remembering?
  5. In Lam. 3:21 Jeremiah says he recalls something that gives him hope. What is it that he is recalling? Today how can our recalling bring us hope?
  6. In Lam. 3:22 and 23 we learn some very important things about God. What are those things?
  7. In what way is God's lovingkindness an anchor of our hope?
  8. In what way is the fact that "His compassions never fail" an anchor of our hope?
  9. What does it mean that His compassions are "new every morning"? Why is that so important to our hope in Him?
  10. In what way does God's great faithfulness connect with the fact that His compassions are new every morning? Explain the importance of this for our lives today.
  11. How does your answer reflect the truth found in verse 31, that says "The Lord will not reject forever"?
  12. Work your way through verses 24 through 31 and discuss how each application is dependent upon the truth we have found about who God is in verses 22 and 23.
  13. Meditate on Lam. 3:22 and 23.  Memorize the two verses.  What have you learned about God that personally gives you hope? 
  14. What are you going to do with what God has revealed to you through this passage of Scripture?