God has me on a journey to study the Old Testament. I’ve done this as a personal study for a while now. There is usually wisdom found or revealed to me when studying scripture that applies to everyday life. Lamentations was tough, tough read. I’ve been a Christian for a few years, when I read scripture like this, it makes me ponder, pray and evaluate more. The Israelites wandered away from God, there were consequences to their actions. The book covers many hard to read examples, many I don’t understand. If a non-Christian was to ask me, I would have to defer my intelligence is not sufficient to even try to explain.
As I type my thoughts out, God is active in my life. I believe in prayer, it changes things. If nothing more than providing perspective to the problem of the day, we should have perspective and realize there are consequences. Regardless of it’s money, a bad decision or something else, there are consequences, which some of them aren’t pretty. Jeremiah appears to have written this book. There are many accounts of what happened to Israelites during this time. Of the takeaways in this book are as follows:
God is honest in revealing thoughts he wanted to convey. When young, stay quiet and stay focused on God. As a younger person who didn’t follow Christ until later in life, I would struggle with this one. I can’t speak for others, but when a young person is in the season of life of “figuring it out”, they tend to not focus on God for wisdom. I was one such person. Lamentations 3:25-30 for reference.
God allowed the enemies of Jerusalem to act against the Israelites. Even though there was bad bad things happening, God was there even in the darkest times. That is a takeaway for me when one day if I face an impossible situation, seek God first.
Fear God, yes let me say that again, Fear God. There are consequences in life, if you make a stupid decision, God will forgive you, but, yes but there could be consequences. If you spend too much money on a car you can’t afford, you’ll have to work extra hard to pay for it. How does this compare to the examples gives in this book, I won’t speak to that since I’m humble enough to say, I don’t know, ask God to reveal in your heart. My description of a car is my takeaway.
We live in a broken world and men’s hearts if they don’t follow God, things happen. When Jesus restores the Garden of Eden, things will be set right. Until then, we have to hold onto to God with all our might, as I type this out, there are things stirring in my heart the enemy wants to remind me, do you really Love God? Yes, I answer with a loud cry.
When we pray, we need to be authentic, God wants his children to love him. The biggest lesson was in 3:41, “We should raise our hands and pray to God in heaven.” When we do this, do with 100% honesty and be vulnerable. Is it hard? Darn right it’s hard.
This was a tough book to ponder and read. God revealed a few things and many reminders.