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Lamentations 3. As the Bible Says:

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The faithful lament their calamities and wait upon the mercies of God. The poet has seen all these horrible things with his own eyes. He too has experienced it personally. We feel that he is speaking on behalf of all Judah.

He trusts us. The poet knows what the wrath of God is. God abandoned him in times of trouble and left him to find his way in darkness. Next time, bring a flashlight, kid. God has also filled the Poet’s heart with bitterness and then trapped him there as a prisoner. The Poet cried out to God for help, but the Great Man did not listen. God ignored his prayer requests.

God was like a lion walking out of the Poet’s prison cell. He was waiting to tear the Poet to pieces as soon as he poked his head out. Or maybe he was like an archer wanting to use the Poet for target practice. The poor Poet! Poor Jerusalem!

But even in all this misery and horror, the Poet is not discouraged. Really? Just remember one really important thing: God cannot be angry with him forever. It’s all right. God is loving God is merciful So, at some point he’s going to have to come and start helping the Poet again, right?

Every morning the Poet wakes up, it’s an opportunity for him to renew his relationship with God. If he has patience, God will be good to him in the end.

And if, in the meantime, God asks him to go through a couple of trials (like watching him destroy his city, kill his friends and family, and starve his children), then he will take care of that. Sure, God causes people all kinds of problems, but he’s also compassionate.

And, in any case, it’s not that God likes all these bad things to happen. His heart just isn’t in it. When bad things happen in the world, God sees it and takes plenty of notes for later. But no one can do anything, good or bad, unless God says it’s okay.

Everything comes from God. Even hungry babies. Really, all God does is deliver justice. You can’t complain when God is only giving you what you deserve, really?

That’s why the people of Judah need to look good and turn to God. They were sinful and disobedient, so he got angry and destroyed them. He ignored their prayers, left them for dead and watched as their enemies crushed them. Note: this is not an overreaction.

The enemies of Judah have persecuted and captured him for no good reason. But fortunately, when he complained to God about it, God listened to him. God told the Poet not to be afraid. He said he would help him and make things better.

Now, all the Poet wants is for God to correct the mistakes that have been made for him. God saw all the horrible things these enemies have done. Now, all he has to do is to strike them down.

Commentary on Lamentations 3: 1-20

The prophet relates the darkest and most discouraging part of his experience, and how he found support and relief. At the time of his trial, the Lord had become terrible to him. 

It was an affliction that was misery itself; for sin makes the cup of affliction a bitter cup. The struggle between unbelief and faith is often very severe. But the weakest believer is mistaken if he thinks that his strength and hope have perished from the Lord.

Commentary on Lamentations 3: 37-41

While there is life there is hope; and instead of complaining that things are bad, we should encourage ourselves with the hope that they will be better. We are sinful men, and what we complain about is far less than what our sins deserve. 

We should complain about God and not about them. We are apt, in times of calamity, to reflect upon other people’s ways and to blame them; but our duty is to seek and try our own ways, that we may pass from evil to God. Our hearts must go with our prayers. If inner impressions do not respond to outer expressions, we mock God and deceive ourselves.

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