Scripture: Lamentations 1-3:1-36. Click here to view full scripture.
Observation: What was going on in the Bible at this time?
The Book of Lamentations allows us to see the depths of Jeremiah’s emotions. He was grieving with God because of the destruction of Jerusalem and the devastation of his nation. God had warned His people that He would destroy them if they disobeyed and abandoned Him. Even though God was angry with His people, He still had compassion and mercy in sparing some of the people. Follow along in Lamentations 1-3:1-36!
Application: How can we apply this to our lives?
Lamentations 1 is Jeremiah’s song of sorrow for what Jerusalem was experiencing. Jeremiah hurt for the suffering and humiliation of the people, and God had rejected the people for their rebellious ways. The ultimate consequence of our sin is punishment. We must not ignore God’s warnings; instead, we must flee from our sin(s) and turn back to Him when we have strayed away. God wants us to obey Him on every level. Obedience is a sign of love for our Heavenly Father. When we follow God’s guidance in our lives, we can receive God’s best for us. We must seek God, worship Him wholeheartedly, and share His love with others around us, sharing the Good News. Jeremiah was deeply moved by the moral decay that surrounded him, just like we should be deeply moved when we see the moral decay around us in our society today. God is a very forgiving Father, and if we cry out to Him in repentance, He surely will forgive us. God has promised us forgiveness. God has many lessons to teach each one of us in life, so we must willingly come under His discipline and learn what He wants to teach us. 🙂
Prayer: What can we pray for in regards to these passages?
Heavenly Father, Thank You for the examples and stories that You have placed in Your Word for us to learn from. Thank You for the Book of Lamentations and the lessons that come from each chapter. Father, we know that we are sinners, and we ask for Your forgiveness. Please help us to always follow Your ways for us, obeying and praising You through all circumstances in our lives. Please help us to love and obey You wholeheartedly. Please help us to love our enemies and to forgive those who have hurt us, as well. Please be with those who have rejected You, and help them to return to You, Father, before judgement. Help us to treat others with kindness, and help us to show the same traits to others as You do, following Your example. Help us to trust in Your care and provision in each of our lives. Even though we do not always get what we want in life, we know that You know what is best for us. Please help us to draw near to You, and please protect us from giving in to the pressures of this fallen world. We want to live Godly lives. When we face struggles in this life, Father, please help us to call upon You. Help us also to be more compassionate toward others who are struggling in this evil world, as well. Help us to be Your hands and feet in this world, and guide us in the right paths for our lives. Help us to trust in Your timing for our lives, and help us not to grow impatient. We thank You for Your son Jesus who died to free us from the slavery of our sins. Thank You for the unique gifts and talents that You give to each one of us; help us to work in unity with others to accomplish Your plan. Thank You for the promise of one day living in eternity with You. Please guide and protect us, our friends, families, pets, and our brothers and sisters around the world who are suffering. We love You and thank You for everything. – in Jesus’ name we pray, amen.