When you resolve that all of the Bible is God’s very words and you are going to study every part of it, that includes the heart wrenching parts.
My study was suppose to end for the week after Lamentations 2. But after reading two heavy chapters that left me heartsick for the Israelites and quite frankly us today, I glanced to the next subtitle in my study bible and saw the word, “hope”, and had to read on.
Even after being warned the Israelites had to figure out for themselves that the wages of sin is death. Lamentations 1:9, Romans 6:23 They were suffering terrible consquences for their disobedience, just as we too can 😦 . I think that’s why it breaks my heart because we too suffer the consequences of not recognizing sin and turning from it. At this point I stop and jot down in my journal, Am I listening to God’s Word? Am I obeying not to dodge the consquences but because I love God? But our icky sin & it’s harsh consequences is not what I really want to write about today. I mean who really wants to write about sin? I am not sure Jeremiah really wanted to write about it, but I am thankful he was obedient.
Now back to that word, “hope”, that I see in the coming chapter. After reading chapters 1 & 2 I had questions swirling around in my mind. I began to read Lamentations 3 and it didn’t start any better. But finally at verse 21 we come to the words, “But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope.” What does the author Jeremiah call to mind?
The steadfast love of the Lord
He is our hope
“But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope: The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in him.” The Lord is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him. It is good that one should wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord. It is good for a man that he bear the yoke in his youth. Let him sit alone in silence when it is laid on him; let him put his mouth in the dust— there may yet be hope; let him give his cheek to the one who strikes, and let him be filled with insults. For the Lord will not cast off forever, but, though he cause grief, he will have compassion according to the abundance of his steadfast love; for he does not afflict from his heart or grieve the children of men.” Lamentations 3:21-33 ESV
How can the book of sorrows bring a smile to my face…
one name JESUS!
You see I can’t read somber books like Lamentations and not quickly be thankful for my salvation in Jesus Christ. The Lord loved us so big in His mercy and faithfulness He gave us HOPE! Our hope is in Jesus. Thank God sweet Jesus has made a way for us to come to the Father.
But now God has shown us a different way of being right in his sight-not by obeying the law but by the way promised in the Scriptures long ago. We are made right in God’s sight when we trust in Jesus Christ to take away our sins. And we all can be saved in this same way, no matter who we are or what we have done. Romans 3:21-22 NLT
So I encourage you friends, there is sweetness even in the hard parts of the Bible.
Lord, help us recognize our sin, take it to the feet of Jesus and sin no more. Thank you for the beloved gift of salvation!