Like the book of Job, Lamentations pictures a man of God puzzling over the results of evil and suffering in the world. The people of this once great city experienced the judgment of the holy God, and the results were devastating.
But at the heart of this book, at the center of this lament over the effects of sin in the world, sit a few verses devoted to hope in the Lord Lamentations — This statement of faith standing strong in the midst of the surrounding darkness shines as a beacon to all those suffering under the consequences of their own sin and disobedience.
As the verses of Lamentations accumulate, readers cannot help but wonder how many different ways Jeremiah could describe the desolation of the once proud city of Jerusalem.
Children begged food from their mothers Lamentations , young men and women were cut down by swords , and formerly compassionate mothers used their children for food Jeremiah could not help but acknowledge the abject state of this city, piled with rubble. Speaking in the first person, Jeremiah pictured himself captured in a besieged city, without anyone to hear his prayers, and as a target for the arrows of the enemy —8, Yet even in this seemingly hopeless situation, he somehow found hope in the Lord — Lamentations reminds us of the importance not only of mourning over our sin but of asking the Lord for His forgiveness when we fail Him.
Do you see any of that destroyed city in your own life? Do you feel overrun by an alien power; are you in need of some hope from the Lord?
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