Lamenting: Sunday Reflection
I don’t read Lamentations much, in the Bible. I forget about this book. I also think I don't pick it to read because the title does not give me good feelings. I mean what could I possibly learn from lamenting?
Stuff relevant to all humans for living life.
From the beginning of time, evil people have abused and killed others in horrible ways. Sometimes the atrocities of this world are too much to witness, and I wish to turn away.
“My eyes will flow unceasingly, without relief, until the Lord looks down from heaven and sees. What I see brings grief to my soul because of all the women of my city.”
Do you have enemies? I've had them and still do. They might be work related, friends gone bad or even family. Sometimes, we just rub people the wrong way and other times our enemies want something that we that have. Our job. Our money. Our spouse. Being disliked is personal and will upset your balance, rob you of peace. How could it not?
“Those who were my enemies without cause hunted me like a bird. They tried to end my life in a pit and threw stones at me; the waters closed over my head, and I thought I was about to perish.”
You would think after all this time that I would learn my lesson about handling betrayal, grief, and fear on my own instead of going to God first. God should not be a last resort. And I know this.
“I called on your name, Lord, from the depths of the pit. You heard my plea: “Do not close your ears to my cry for relief.”
What I know for sure is when my heart is broken, my brain full of fear or my soul injured, God is on my problem instantly. All I need to do is call out.
“You came near when I called you, and you said, ‘Do not fear.’ You, Lord, took up my case; you redeemed my life.” (Scripture from Lamentations 3:49-58 NIV)
Redeeming my life on a regular basis is God’s expertise and where he does a good work in me (Phil 1:6).