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Lamentations 3:1-66

As I read today’s passage I had a visual image of Jerusalem crying out the words written by Jeremiah She is the one who has seen it all, the rise of David and the built up city and fortifications of Solomon. It was within her walls that the gold laden Temple was constructed and slowly dismantled as each successive king failed to protect her by not fully walking uprightly before God or else going head long into sin. Jerusalem, the City of Zion, was picked out by God to be the city He dwelt in and built by man to try to reflect His glory, then abandoned by each successive generation.

Yet despite our failure to be faithful to God, God remains faithful to His people.

Grace and peace,
Ramona

I love how Jeremiah pours his heart out. Describing what He has seen all God do and fulfill. And, God...allows Jeremiah to articulately state how he was feeling as he saw all the destruction/punishment for the intentional sin in Israel.
Then, Jeremiah comes to this truth:
Lamentations 3
21 But this I call to mind,
and therefore I have hope:
22 The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;
his mercies never come to an end;
23 they are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.
24 “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul,
“therefore I will hope in him.”

Just like Jeremiah...David in Psalm 102, described the affliction he faced and came to the same truth:
12 But you, O Lord, are enthroned forever;
you are remembered throughout all generations.
13 You will arise and have pity on Zion;
it is the time to favor her;
the appointed time has come.
14 For your servants hold her stones dear
and have pity on her dust.
15 Nations will fear the name of the Lord,
and all the kings of the earth will fear your glory.

Lamentations I would guess is one of the least read books of the Bible but it is a shame because it is a great little book that has so much for us. It was written by a man whose heart was broken over the destruction of the city he loved and he was heart broken over the fact that time after time God had warned the Jews to repent of their sins and they rejected the prophets voice. I wonder if in our culture today are we just as calloused? God help us. pray and weep over our sins both for ourselves and for our society as a whole.

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