Lamentations 1 to 5 “There is hope”
In Israel, long ago, God raised a prophet to tell God’s saving message, but the people turned away. For over 45 yrs. Jeremiah faithfully reminded the people of their sins and consequences, in sharp contrast to the false prophets who failed to expose their sins.[Lam 2:14]
And so, just as Jeremiah prophesied, the nation was physically and spiritually destroyed. God’s discipline was harsh and long, and it broke Jeremiah’s heart. As Jeremiah wept, we should also.
Today we hear much the same. Don’t tell us the truth of our wickedness! We can decide who lives or dies. We can change our gender. Those are lies from the enemy, and he has been busy since day one saying, “you can be gods.” Many today are hearing but rejecting the gospel message just like in Jeremiah’s day. We should weep for them. We should weep if we have failed to share the truth. [Ezek 3:18] Jeremiah poured out his pain in his prayers. Do we also cry for those who have heard but rejected and also those who have yet to hear?
Amidst this calamity, Jeremiah recalled: “The Lord’s loyal kindness never ceases; his compassions never end. They are fresh every morning; your faithfulness is abundant!” [Lam 3:22] There is hope! Paul also reiterated this truth: “If we are unfaithful, he remains faithful, since he cannot deny himself.” [2Tim 2:13]