Saturday, May 31, 2014

Lamentations 3:37-5:22: Turn Us to Yourself

Lamentations is a book full of laments meaning "to express sorrow, regret, or unhappiness about something."  (Merriam-Webster)

There was a great deal to lament during the writing of this book.  Oppression was commonplace.

Jerusalem was a walled city, but many people lived outside the walls.  During the enemy's siege, those people living outside had to flee into the city for protection.  Overcrowding occurred.

Issues stemming from overcrowding followed... anxiety, pestilence, starvation.  People sick in soul and body would die, and the bodies piled up.  Garbage and excrement were strewn in the streets and desperation drove mothers to eat their own children!

Lamentations 2:20
Amplified Bible (AMP)

20 Behold, O Lord, and consider [carefully] to whom You have done this. Should and shall women eat the fruit of their own bodies, the children whom they have tended and swaddled with their hands? Should and shall priest and prophet be slain in the place set apart [for the worship] of the Lord?

Sin's consequences played out for all to witness. 

It's a sobering thought that actions or lack thereof could result in such great suffering and heartache.  We can learn from this tragedy by listening and obeying. 

Our Father loves us. 

We weren't created to bear the weight of the consequences of sin.  Jesus took ALL of that upon Himself when he suffered and died on the cross, but by continuing in sin, we take sin's consequences back upon ourselves. 

What's to be done?

Lamentations 5:21
Amplified Bible (AMP)

21 Turn us to Yourself, O Lord, and we shall be turned and restored! Renew our days as of old!

In the midst of verses depicting great sorrow and suffering, there is HOPE!  The Lord will turn the sinner back to Himself.  Restoration!!!

Holy Spirit, turn the sinner back to the Lord now.  Whisper conviction, tug on a heart.  Open eyes that were blind causing them to see.  Show Your glory, Lord.  Wash, cleanse and empower the sinner to walk away from disobedience and into Your glorious light.  In Jesus' name, AMEN!!!



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