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Lamentations 1:1-3:51

The opening of Lamentations 1 really makes me want to sigh!! It paints a picture of loss, a picture of nation and a people fallen from glory…”she who was once a Queen among the provinces has now become a slave” …”how deserted lies a city once so full of people”…the bleak picture of the state of Judah goes on and on in Lamentations 1″ after affliction and hard labour Judah has gone into exile”…”the roads to zion mourn”…….”all her gateways are desolate, her priest groan, her young women grieve and she is in bitter anguish”!!

One may wonder..where is God when all this disppear and devastation is happening to His people, His chosen ones!! Why can’t He stop it from happening?

The answer to the question above is in Lamentations 1:5b “…The Lord has brought her grief because of her many sins” The Lord Himself is the one who has allowed all this devastation to afflict His people because of their “many sins” not just one sin but “many sins” I will pause here to draw a lesson from this. God has the capacity to inflict with evil if necessary but even what others may percieve as evil comes from a heart of love with a good motive…afterall if He is Almighty He can do all things and here He felt His children needed affliction as the right punishment for their “many sins” probably after warning them time and time again and again..a bit like a father who disciplines his children..now that discipline may look “evil” in the eyes of outsiders or even the child in question but a father who has his child’s best interest knows what he is doing.

God needs to help us see the result of the “many sins” of His children… so in Lamentations 1: 6 “All the splendour has departed from daughter Zion…” …”In the days of her affliction and wandering Jerusalem remembers all the treasures that were hers in days of old. When her people fell into enemy hands, there was no one to help her. Her enemies looked at her and laughed at her destruction.” now that must have felt very painful

In Lamentations 1:8 we see the gravity of what God’s people did that warranted Him punishing them…here the Bible says “Jerusalem has sinned greatly and so has become unclean”

In Lamentations 2 there is an even more vivid description of how God vented His anger on his people because of their rebellion and sin

So in Lamentations 2:18‭-‬19 (NIV) the children of Judah cry to the Lord ” The hearts of the people cry out to the Lord. You walls of Daughter Zion, let your tears flow like a river day and night; give yourself no relief, your eyes no rest. Arise, cry out in the night, as the watches of the night begin; pour out your heart like water in the presence of the Lord. Lift up your hands to him for the lives of your children, who faint from hunger at every street corner.”

God is truly merciful so in Lamentations 3:22-26 “Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.” The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him; it is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord.

Lamentations 3:31 “For no one is cast off by the Lord forever. For he does not willingly bring affliction or grief to anyone.”

So from this example in scripture we know our Father’s heart and that there is hope for a truly repentant child of God who pours out his/her heart to a loving father, a father who demonstrated His love by sacrificing His only son. Indeed “no one is cast off by the Lord forever” if we come to Him bringing fruits of repentant and acts of repentance.

May we be wise enough to live a life pleasing to God and not to be engulfed in “many sins” ignoring God’s warnings and incurring His wrath in Jesus name🙏🏽

In Christ

BM

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Jeremiah 51:11-52:34

Salvation is a term that has many layers of meaning. For instance, salvation means rescue or help when in danger or the danger of defeat. Other examples include being released from prison, saved from mistreatment, protected from threats, or even deserved suffering. The Greek verb sozo used in the New Testament, elevates the meaning of salvation to the spiritual realm, as well. The term refers to God’s power to deliver us from the bondage of sin, the future deliverance from the presence of sin (Romans 13:11), and the deliverance of Israel at the second advent of Christ (Luke 1:71). God does not forsake His chosen. Jeremiah 51:5 says, “For Israel is not forsaken, nor Judah, by his God, the Lord of Hosts, though their land was filled with sin against the Holy One of Israel.” And we who have become the children of God because Jesus Christ freely gave Himself on the Cross are also His chosen.

“Help me, Lord!” is probably my most spoken prayer. I seem to need saving on a regular basis. Maybe that is just my natural inclination toward chaos and crisis or perhaps my need is because of hypersensitivity to sin. I see potential danger around every corner – whether in my life, my family, co-workers, government, etcetera, etcetera. I want to call out like Jeremiah 51:9, 10 “Forsake [Babylon], and let us go everyone to his own country; for her judgment reaches to heaven and is lifted up to the skies. The Lord has revealed our righteousness. Come and let us declare in Zion the work of the Lord our God.” Can we run away and hide together until God’s judgment destroys His enemies? Better yet, I want being saved to mean smooth sailing; no more drama; no worries; nothing to fear. In these moments, I recognize the child inside who wishes for the lazy days of summer, sitting on the porch swing, delicious smells of homemade bread baking and a whistling pressure cooker tenderizing a roast and vegetables, the soft humming of Jesus Loves Me on my aunt’s lips as she gently rocks the swing. Such a simple, peaceful time. I can also relate to the nod of restoration in Jeremiah 51:32-34. After Nebuchadnezzar died, his son Evil-Merodach became king and ruled two years. In his first year, he pardoned Jehoiachin king of Judah and brought him out of prison. “He spoke kindly to him and gave him a more prominent seat than those of the kings who were with him in Babylon… [Jehoiachin] ate bread regularly before the king all the days of his life.”

Yet I am reminded of another’s prayer. Refusing to be saved from impending death, Jesus Christ as Savior declared this: “Now My soul is troubled, and what shall I say? ‘Father, save Me from this hour’? But for this purpose I came to this hour.” (John 12:27) We who are saved and being saved have reaped the benefit of Christ’s obedience to death. In all the chaos and suffering we are allowed to experience; we might look for the unseen benefit. Even the dark fall of Babylon had a silver lining; that is, a remnant of God’s chosen people survived Babylon’s destruction. We see later that Jehoiachin’s restoration was symbolic of the future restoration of Israel and Judah to their homeland.

Trials and difficulties force us to depend even more on the One and only God who can prevent, intervene, and/or restore what the enemy is intent on taking from us. Praying with faith storms the heavens and brings down salvation. And Christ Jesus promised saving grace that insures we will never be separated from Him. “For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:37-39)

So, yes Lord. Conform us to Your image as we walk out our salvation. Intervene on our behalf. Grant us courage and determination to stand and testify to Your faithfulness. You are a present help. I will always cry out to You!

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