THE BOOK OF LAMENTATIONS
Today is Wednesday! I'm looking forward to being with God's people tonight at Church. I hope that you can be there too! It is a beautiful day outside and hopefully a little yard work can get done as well. I have a thought for you from the book of Lamentations. In fact, it will sort of outline the book for you:
THE BOOK OF LAMENTATIONS- is found between Jeremiah and Ezekiel. It is called The Book of Lamentations of Jeremiah. Jeremiah is lamenting (crying) over the city of Jerusalem and the destruction that has come her way. He grieves for the city and the people of God. Notice a few things I thought of just this morning as I read it:
1) The Situation-- Lam. 1:3 "Judah is goine into captivity.." The land was taken captive!
2) The Sin-- Lam. 1:8 "Jerusalem hath grievously sinned;" There is always a reason for judgment, and their sin was the reason.
3) The Saddness-- Lam. 1:16 "For these things I weep; mine eye, mine eye runneth down with water," Jerusalem is captive and Jeremiah weeps for her without stopping. I wonder when we have wept over the sins of others, or our own sins for that matter. We become so calloused to the sins around us because they are so abundant. We ought to be sad, and not rejoice in the consequences of sin in the lives of others.
4)The Shock-- Lam. 2:15 "Is this the city that men call The perfection of beauty, The joy of the whole earth?" David said one time: "How are the mighty fallen!" Here, Jeremiah says that the people look at this once great city with shock and disbelief. Now it is in ruin.
5) The Solution-- Lam. 3:40,41 "Let us search and try our ways, and turn again to the LORD. Let us lift up our heart with our hands unto God in the heavens." This is always the answer. Repent and ask God for His forgiveness. We are to turn our lives around before He can bless us once again. We cannot violate His laws and expect His blessings. We cannot rob Him of tithes and offerings and expect financial blessing. We cannot violate loving our mates and children and expect harmony in the home. We cannot be at odds with other Christians and expect peace to prevail in our lives. The solution is always to: "Get Right With God!!"