31 Jul

'How lonely sits the city That was full of people! How like a widow is she, Who was great among the nations! The princess among the provinces Has become a slave! Judah has gone into captivity, Under affliction and hard servitude; She dwells among the nations, She finds no rest; All her persecutors overtake her in dire straits.' Lamentations 1:1,3 

Judah, God's people are in captivity once again. God is angry and is pouring out his wrath upon them. Jeremiah is called the Weeping Prophet as he laments Israel's disobedience and God's punishment upon them. He sees his plight as being hedged in behind a wall of stone, with heavy chains and complete darkness. He feels tormented by God, alone and bitter. 

Israel is not unlike we are today. Sometimes I wonder why God is so patient and merciful. We place ourselves in bondage of chains and darkness. But God has much more purpose for us than that! 

'Jerusalem has sinned gravely, Therefore she has become vile. All who honored her despise her Because they have seen her nakedness; Yes, she sighs and turns away.' Lamentations 1:8 

Christians, children of the Most High God; America has sinned gravely, she is despised yet she sighs and turns away. Just as Jeremiah did we should lament the state that America is in; fall on our faces before God and cry out for the sins of our people. Pray for revival, pray for the scales to be removed from our eyes, as Saul with Barnabas. Pray for people to see that God is not pleased with our choices and disobedience. Pray... pray.

'This I recall to my mind, Therefore I have hope. Through the Lord ’s mercies we are not consumed, Because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness. “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “Therefore I hope in Him!” The Lord is good to those who wait for Him, To the soul who seeks Him. It is good that one should hope and wait quietly For the salvation of the Lord .' Lamentations 3:21-26 

In Jeremiah's lament he is reminded of God's mercy and he remembers hope. 

God is not done with us yet. Remember in our pain, sorrow and remorse as we pray know that God's mercies are new every morning, He is faithful. Find hope in reaching out to the God who created us and loves us. Hope and wait quietly or patiently for the salvation of the Lord. 


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