The book of Lamentations is really emotional and sad, yet so profound its message of hope amid anguish. The prophet Jeremiah, who had some very serious reasons to lament, wrote this book and even though the message he gives is filled with turmoil and sorrow, the purpose behind the descriptions of despair are to highlight the compassion, mercy, hope and faithfulness that is found in God. Even to those who are condemned by their own unfaithfulness, God is faithful.
Disease, death, trauma, crime, hate and all kinds of wickedness exist in the world not because God allows it, but because mankind does…People harden their hearts toward God in seasons of lamentation, but it should be exactly the opposite.
Just because life is rotten and horrible at times doesn’t diminish the goodness of God. In fact, the goodness of God is magnified in suffering if you will submit it all into His capable hands. That’s not a one-time action, by the way. It’ll be moment-by-moment at times. People question the goodness of God in hard times because they wonder how a “good” God could “allow” bad things to happen. That is a wrong perspective and a misunderstanding of who He is. Bad things aren’t “allowed” by God, because God is only good and you can’t assume that bad things are “good” if God will use them for good. No!
Bad things are bad. God’s gift of freewill to His people means that you are as free to sin as someone else is free to sin against you. Disease, death, trauma, crime, hate and all kinds of wickedness exist in the world not because God “allows” it, but because mankind does. Yet, “His mercies are new every morning,” Jeremiah wrote. “Great is Your faithfulness.” There is always a reason to worship God, always. And when things are dark, you need the Father of Lights to shine His glory on you. It’s the only way you’ll survive and thrive, victoriously. “Every morning”, Jeremiah said. Force yourself if you have to- worship God, daily. In every, single moment that hurts, for every lament, worship.
Thought for today
His mercies are what will help you navigate this broken world until Jesus Christ calls you home. The tender-hearted, loving compassion that God has toward you will sustain you, but you have to allow it to. People harden their hearts toward God in seasons of lamentation, but it should be exactly the opposite. Lay yourself bare before Him in worship. Minister unto Him, bless Him, lift Him high. Set aside your lament in order to worship, every morning. God is faithful and His faithfulness knows no boundaries. A lament is about you. Worship is about God. Sing about His mercies, His faithfulness- even if you don’t see it yet. He blesses those who bless Him (Genesis 22:17). Turn your lamentations into worship and He will turn your mourning into dancing! (Psalm 30:11-12)
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