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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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Isaiah 9:13-13:16

We see the leaders of the children of Israel time and time again causing them to stray away from God and partake in the sins of the nations around them. So in Isaiah 9:15 God knowing the major source of his children’s sin says “Respected and honored leaders are the head. Prophets who teach lies are the tail.” This invoked God’s wrath in Isaiah 9:17 (GW) when He says : “That is why the Lord isn’t happy with their young men, nor will he show compassion for their orphans and widows. Every one of them is a godless evildoer, and every mouth speaks foolishness. Even after all this, his anger will not disappear, and he is still ready to use his power.”

They streched God’s patience and took advantage of God’s grace until their cup was full and God decided to punish them for all their sins like a father chastised his children.

What also made God angry about His children here is that not only were they attacking and fighting each other as we can see in Isaiah 9:21 (GW) “Manasseh is against Ephraim. Ephraim is against Manasseh. Together they attack Judah…….” They also “…. deprive the poor of justice. They take away the rights of the needy among my people. They prey on widows and rob orphans.”
Isaiah 10:2 (GW)
So God uses Assyria in Isaiah 10:5 (GW) to punish Israel for its sins “….It is the rod of my anger. My fury is the staff in the Assyrians’ hands.”

What do we learn from all this? Why is it recorded in scripture? The simple answer is so that we as children of God learn from the children of Israel and not open ourselves up to God’s wrath by sinning against Him. The scriptures I have quoted above also confirms that God will hold responsible any leader in the church that causes children of God to sin by leading them astray!!

Regarding Israel, Assyria had a specific task given to them by God and it was to go “against the people to take their belongings, loot them, and trample on them like mud in the streets.”- Isaiah 10:6 (GW) but instead of following God’s plan, Assyria invoke God’s anger too because they had an ulterior motive to “…destroy and put an end to many nations.” – Isaiah 10:7 (GW) So God decided “When the Lord has finished all his work on Mount Zion and in Jerusalem, he will punish the king of Assyria for all his boasting and all his arrogance.” Isaiah 10:12 GW

God hates arrogance and will punish anyone who comes with an ulterior motive here forgetting that God is using them like the Assyrians here…so as a modern day example if a child of God had sinned against God and was being chastised by God through that child of God’s manager at work but the manager then decides to be heartless and had an ulterior motive when disciplining that child of God for something he/she did wrong in their job, God will also punish that manager for having an hidden agenda that is contrary to His plan

In the mist of God’s chastisement of Israel, there is still hope in Isaiah 10:24‭-‬25 (GW) “The Almighty Lord of Armies says: My people who live in Zion, don’t be afraid of the Assyrians when they strike with a rod or when they raise their staff against you as the Egyptians did. Very soon I will unleash my fury, and my anger will destroy them.”

Yet there is hope for Israel and there is hope for us His children today for His word says” Then a shoot will come out from the stump of Jesse, and a branch from its roots will bear fruit. The Spirit of the Lord will rest on him— the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of advice and power, the Spirit of knowledge and fear of the Lord. He will gladly bear the fear of the Lord. He will not judge by what his eyes see or decide by what his ears hear. He will judge the poor justly. He will make fair decisions for the humble people on earth. He will strike the earth with a rod from his mouth. He will kill the wicked with the breath from his lips.” Isaiah 11:1‭-‬4 (GW) Glory!! Hallelujah!!

Why is there hope? Its because “At that time the Lord will use his power again to recover what remains of his people in Assyria, Upper and Lower Egypt, Sudan, Elam, Babylonia, Hamath, and the islands of the sea. He will raise a banner for the nations ⌞to gather around⌟. He will gather the outcasts of Israel and bring together the scattered people of Judah from the four corners of the earth.” – Isaiah 11:11‭-‬12(GW)

Rejoicing returns to the camp of His children because of God’s mercy and now they can say “….I will praise you, O Lord. Although you had been angry with me, you turned your anger away from me, and you comforted me. Look! God is my Savior. I am confident and unafraid, because the Lord is my strength and my song. He is my Savior.”Isaiah 12:1‭-‬2 (GW)

We learn from these scripture as Children of God not to stray away from God, neither should we as leaders in the different capacities we find ourselves in His house, lead those who we are responsible for astray. For the Lord will chastise both leaders and the pew who stray away from Him but if they repent He is ever so merciful to forgive for Jesus has paid the price for our sins…Hallelujah!!

In Christ

BM

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Job 36:1-39:12

We all know of the story of Job and how God allowed Satan to attack him causing Job to lose all his family, health, possession and wealth.

In Job 36 one of Job’s friends called Elihu was trying to comfort Job and after talking about God’s splendour and majesty ends with implying in Job 37:13 that God may be punishing him for what he has done wrong “He makes these things happen either to punish people or to show his unfailing love.”

This is the mistake people make when consoling people going through hardship by implying its their sin that maybe the source of the challenges they may be facing. In this case Elihu was wrong because the Bible clearly stated Job was a righteous man and God boasted about his righteousness to the devil.

From Job 38:1 – 39:16 God Himself responds to Job and talks about things He does as the Sovereign Almighty God which radiate His splendour and absolute power. I believe what God is implying here is that we must respect Him as absolute Sovereign who can do whatever He choses and what happened to Job was allowed by God in that capacity.

The lesson to learn from this scripture is no matter what we go through wether good or bad we must remember that our Sovereign Lord is always in control even when things don’t make sense which is why he says in Romans 8:38(KJV) “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose” So we must learn to trust Him through the pain and disappointments as our Sovereign Lord whose creative capabilities means He can create something beautiful out of difficult and ugly situations that we may be going through. Hallelujah!! Glory to God!!

In Him

BM

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2 Samuel 17-19

This scripture is a sad story of how the greed and unhealthy ambition of Absolom to become King cost him his life and caused David a lot of pain and heart ache.

We see how Absolom devised a cunning plan to win the Israelites over to himself in a very subtle way and how he even seeked the opinion of some of David’s trusted advisers like Ahithophel and Hushai.

However when God’s children walk in righteousness before Him, He brings confusion in the camp of the enemy so we see Absolom rejecting Ahithophel’s sound counsel (in 2Samuel 17:14) because God was working behind the scenes actually fighting for David.

We can also see how pride can cost a person their life..so Ahithophel committed suicide because Absolom rejected his counsel what Ahithophel did not know was that it was all part of God’s intervention and plan and he should not have committed suicide.

What I also find remarkable in these scripture is that despite the majority of Israel backing Absolom in his revolt against David because it was contrary to God’s plans and because David was a man after God’s heart, Absolom and his army suffered a terrible defeat in the end. This should give us the assurance as Children of God that “Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.” – Psalm 20:7(NIV)

We see David’s righteousness in that he still mourns for the same son who tried to take his life and kingdom

In Christ

BM

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Joshua 8:24-11:9

In Joshua 8 we see Ai’s defeat by the Israelites as they followed God’s instructions to precision

Somehow in Joshua 9 the Israelites made a grave mistake by not asking God for His counsel before making a decision about whether or not they should proceed ino battle!!

The lesson for us to learn here is to never rush into making decisions without speaking to God first. God is the alfa and omega and He knows the beginning from the end which is why we need to seek His face first before making decisions. The Lord knows the heart of men and has promised us that He would lead us in the way we should go and He will direct our path. The Gibeonites decieved the Israelites because the Israelites were over confident and judged by “the seeing of their eyes”. Let us not make the same mistake.

Another lesson to learn here is that the Israelites showed great integrity by honouring their covenant with the Gibeonites despite the fact they had been deceived. How many of us in a similar situation would do the same?

In Joshua 10 we see the extent God would go by breaking the law of nature to ensure victory for His children, the Israelites. The Bible says Joshua prayed to God for the son and moon to stand still until they had victory in battle and God answered His prayers. Let us learn from this experience that, God will go to any extreme for us to ensure we have victory in battle so let us seek Him in prayer always and as we pray to Him let us believe that He is a God who answers prayers.

In Christ

BM

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