Scripture: Lamentations 3:37-5. 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. Jeremiah speaks about hope in the middle of affliction, how God’s anger is satisfied, and how Jeremiah pleads and prays to God for restoration of the nation and people. Follow along in Lamentations 3:37-5!
Application: How can we apply this to our lives?
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. Also, instead of complaining about corrective or instructive discipline from God, we should trust God, learn from our situations, and be willing to change our lives. We want to allow God’s discipline and correction to bring about the kind of behavior that is pleasing to Him. God rescued Jeremiah from harm’s way. When we turn to God, He will also rescue us. Jeremiah prayed for mercy for God’s people. When we are experiencing grief and harsh times in life, we must turn to our God in prayer. He is our help, our strength, our refuge, and our rock. God turned away from the people of Jerusalem because they had disobeyed and rebelled against Him; however, He did not abandon them. God wanted to restore them if they returned back to Him. Our only hope in life is found in God Almighty. We need Him in our weakest times, and grief should turn us toward Him – right into His loving arms – not away from Him. Be sure to thank Him on a daily basis.
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.