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🙏🏽