Let’s lift our hearts and hands at one and the same time, praying to God in heaven:
49-51″The tears stream from my eyes, an artesian well of tears,
Until You, God, look down from on high, You look and see my tears.
You listened when I called out, ‘Don’t shut your ears! Get me out of here! Save me!’
You came close when I called out. You said, ‘It’s going to be all right.’ “You took my side, Master; You brought me back alive!
Lamentations 3 reminds us about getting our lives right with God. It also reminds us that God wants us to love Him. And He wants us to obey him. If we do that, He helps us to do good things. We may not love him and we may do bad things. Then He will be angry with us. It is useful to remember what John wrote in 1 John 4:19 ‘We love because He first loved us.’ We should want to please God because He is kind to us.
God wants to show kindness out of his great store of love. He does not enjoy it when His people suffer. When we are sorry, we go back to God. He is there for us. So let God work his will in you. Resist Satan in your life with a loud resounding “no”, and watch him scamper. Say a quiet yes to God and He’ll be there for you right away. We must quit dabbling in sin, and purify our inner life in Christ Jesus. Find resolve and quit playing the field. Get to the bottom of the distractions in your life and take them to God. If need be, on your knees to God, cry your eyes out.
The fun and games are over. Get serious, really serious. Get down on your knees before the Master; it’s the only way you’ll get on your feet.
In Lamentations the 3rd chapter we read that God is not pleased when you cheat anyone. We read that nobody can order anything to happen unless the Lord has ordered it. It is the great God who allows both good things and bad things to happen.
We read in verse 39 no man should complain when God punishes him for his sins. Instead, we should think carefully about how we behave. And we should turn again to the Lord. We are instructed in to raise our hands and pray to God in heaven. We should lift our head, soul, eyes, and voice to Him in prayer. Our hearts and mind must agree with the words of our prayers. We must mean what we say.
Here in Lamentations Jeremiah prayed until streams of tears came from his eyes. He did not stop or even rest, he would not stop until the Lord looked down upon him. Jeremiah decreed, “I will cry unto God until he sees from heaven”. Jeremiah was praying not only for himself, but for his family and friends and the people in his city. Jeremiah declared before God” What my eye sees upsets my heart, and I am upset because of what happened to all the people in my city”. If we love God’s people as we should, their troubles will make us really sad, and we will petition before God on their behalf.
How did God respond to Jeremiah’s prayers? God drew near to him, and comforted him with the words”do not fear”. In your daily life would the words from God saying “do not fear” mean anything to you? Regarding your finances if God said “don’t sweat it, I got you covered”; what would that mean to you? Regarding your marriage, if God said, “don’t worry, you will always be together, and happy; would you be comforted?
His word gives us that very promise in
Isaiah 41:10 “Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, and I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.”
We must learn to apply in prayer to our God. We must realize and stand assured that He will turn our helplessness unto the Hope of Hopes, He will turn our mourning unto His Mercies, He will turn our cries to His Compassion, He will turn our failings unto His Faithfulness, and He will turn our grief toward His Goodness.
We have great troubles; always know that God has not forgotten us. We are promised in Hebrews 13:5 God said, “I will never fail you, and I will never abandon you.”
It is a great comfort to know that God loves us. And he knows all about our troubles. He loves us and he will make all things work together for our good.
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
Let your heart shout with joy in our begin again-God. It is only God who can make all our failures regenerative, It is He who is God of risings again, and it is He who never tires of fresh starts. We stand assured in Christ Jesus, serving a God of starting over, a God of genesis and re-genesis. He takes all your life’s sour fruits, bears them in His blood and leaves them dead and decomposing; Our God freshens your world with spiritual dew, and he hydrates withered human hearts with his renewing spirit. Only God can restore you and give you life anew.