Lamentations 3:31-33 (NLT)
31 For no one is abandoned by the Lord forever. 32 Though he brings grief, he also shows compassion because of the greatness of his unfailing love. 33 For he does not enjoy hurting people or causing them sorrow.

This chapter is a continuance of the two preceding chapters. Its poet style has changed from long verse to short verse. It reflects a sad complaint of God’s displeasure and the fruits of it. The Lord says the sufferer is not abandoned. Even though we may fallen, we have not become outcast. Whatever sorrow we are in the Lord has allotted and he is in control. And because God is in control we can be assured the sorrow that has been given us will only last for a portion of time.

The bible tells us that Satan is the prince of this world. In one of his parables Jesus said, “The seed that fell on the footpath represents those who hear the message, only to have Satan come at once and take it away.” Satan is ready to rob each of us of our joy in life. What Satan takes he wants to hold onto. Jesus said, “For when a strong man like Satan is fully armed and guards his palace, his possessions are safe—until someone even stronger attacks and overpowers him, strips him of his weapons, and carries off his belongings.” But because of Christ there is hope and the Lord promises us he will not abandon us forever. Zechariah had a vision of Jeshua as the Lord saw Jeshua with his sins. He said, “Then the angel showed me Jeshua the high priest standing before the angel of the Lord. The Accuser, Satan, was there at the angel’s right hand, making accusations against Jeshua. And the Lord said to Satan, “I, the Lord, reject your accusations, Satan. Yes, the Lord, who has chosen Jerusalem, rebukes you. This man is like a burning stick that has been snatched from the fire.” Jeshua’s clothing was filthy as he stood there before the angel. So the angel said to the others standing there, “Take off his filthy clothes.” And turning to Jeshua he said, “See, I have taken away your sins, and now I am giving you these fine new clothes.” Then I said, “They should also place a clean turban on his head.” So they put a clean priestly turban on his head and dressed him in new clothes while the angel of the Lord stood by. Then the angel of the Lord spoke very solemnly to Jeshua and said, “This is what the Lord of Heaven’s Armies says: If you follow my ways and carefully serve me, then you will be given authority over my Temple and its courtyards. I will let you walk among these others standing here.” Filthy and dirty from the sins that had captured him; Jeshua was renewed and made clean by the Lord. What a great God we have who patiently waits to bring us back to Him.