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Lamentations 1, 2; Hebrews 12

A crumpled mess of her … Jerusalem. Lamentations opens with despair and heartache. Peeling back curtains of time to look through its window–dismal and broken. She sits like a widow and slave, tears down her face, uncomforted, betrayed.  She lies in the gutter with no one to lift her out.

He wove my sins into ropes
to hitch me to a yoke of captivity.
The Lord sapped my strength and turned me over to my enemies;
I am helpless in their hands. Lamentations 1:14 NLT

God hates sin.

Your prophets have said
so many foolish things, false to the core.
They did not save you from exile
by pointing out your sins.
Instead, they painted false pictures,
filling you with false hope. Lamentations 2:14 NLT

When it gets personal, I think of times I painted lovely excuses around my sin, false hope of my justification. So self-deceived, I mourned and wailed without a clue as to the why of punishment.

A favorite verse whispered to me among the vines, in Hebrews 12:

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us. We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne. Think of all the hostility he endured from sinful people; then you won’t become weary and give up.

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After all, you have not yet given your lives in your struggle against sin.

And have you forgotten the encouraging words God spoke to you as his children? He said,

“My child, don’t make light of the Lord’s discipline,
and don’t give up when he corrects you.
For the Lord disciplines those he loves,
and he punishes each one he accepts as his child.” Hebrews 12:1-6

Hebrews 12 is full of great encouragement and caution: be careful that you do not refuse to listen to the One who is speaking.

Lord, I chased after the approval of man. Cheap idols I once admired, you crashed and shattered. After enough tears and searching, you showed me my heart and I finally understood, seeing past the colorful cover-up of my own deception. Today I can live free from that sin–because I see it for what it was, those ropes that bound me. I don’t want to live deceived. Lord, may I always listen for your voice.

Courtney (66books365)


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Deut. 8; Ps.91; Isa. 36; Rev. 6

Sometimes humbled is tears. Tears that don’t come quietly, or leave peacefully. The kind that make you hunker down and cover your face.

Lately my husband and I have had many wonderful evenings talking, dreaming, planning together. But as he summed up the years that brought us here, there was an edge of sadness in words that came easily, “We didn’t need to do [this] or have [that].”

“We’ve been chasing the wrong things,” I said. It was my undoing when light hit darkness and I realized the very deep implications of what it all meant.

When I read Deuteronomy 8, phrases focused through tears:

Remember how the LORD your God led you all the way in the desert these forty years, to humble you and to test you in order to know what was in your heart, whether or not you would keep his commands. 3 He humbled you, causing you to hunger and then feeding you with manna, which neither you nor your fathers had known, to teach you that man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the LORD. 4 Your clothes did not wear out and your feet did not swell during these forty years.

5 Know then in your heart that as a man disciplines his son, so the LORD your God disciplines you. Deuteronomy 8:5 (NIV)

When God has searched my heart and revealed to me what I couldn’t even recognize in myself; when I am humbled to the ground and to my core; when the discipline consists of years lost and even bridges burned … what can I learn from desert wandering Israelites?

God can lead us through trials to show us what we’re made of, but more importantly, to reveal what he’s made of. He can quench thirst and satisfy hunger. He rightfully should be praised. And that following others [gods, idols] will surely lead to destruction.

Only through Jesus can I draw close to a Father who loves me deeply. He leads me,  provides for me, and even humbles, tests and disciplines me.

So thankful.

Courtney (66books365)


A reach into the archives; this post originally published June 4, 2010.

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