Yesterday, April 7, 2019, Pastor Hamrick gave a very thought provoking bible study of Lamentations at Cornerstone Chapel in Leesburg, VA. He encouraged us to read the entire book after the service, and I did. His words are still echoing in my head this morning, so today’s post is about the verses that stood out to me in Lamentations.
As a parent, I have to correct my children when they misbehave. Its my job, even if my kids do not like to be corrected. The Lord has to correct us when we do not follow his commands. Our actions have consequences. The Lord is righteous, and he wants to shower us with blessings. However when we rebel against him, we will have to deal with the consequences.
“The Lord is righteous, yet I rebelled against his command.”
–Lamentations 1:18 (NIV)
When we sin, it affects our mental state of mind. Sin brings shame and guilt that turns into depression and general misery. We are not happy without the Lord. We are made to love the Lord. Just as when we correct our children’s behavior, we see their mad faces defiantly looking at us. They know they did something wrong, but don’t want to face the consequences. Sin distresses us and makes us feel tormented within our hearts and minds. Our hearts feel disturbed from sin, like our hearts are broken.
“See, Lord, how distressed I am!
I am in torment within,
and in my heart I am disturbed.”
–Lamentations 1:20 (NIV)
When we sin, there is shame and guilt, so instead of turning fully to God, sometimes we are embarrassed and try to hide from God. Just like the parent who talks to a child about bad behavior and then hugs the child and says they love the child, God is always waiting to forgive us in an even more glorious and perfect way. God gave us his only son to die on the cross and forgive our sins. God wants us to repent and stop sinning. God has boundless compassion for us. Every morning when we wake up, the Lord is ready to walk with us. The Lord has endless love for us. The Lord is our heavenly father, so perfect and loving, that it hard to grasp the depths of his love for each of us. Even when we sin, the Lord wants us to turn back to him.
Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed,
for his compassions never fail.
They are new every morning;
I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion;
therefore I will wait for him.”
–Lamentations 3:22-24 (NIV)
Once we sin, even if we think the Lord will never forgive us this time, go to the Lord. Repent. Ask for mercy. Ask the Lord to turn your shame into his sparkling wonder. Wait upon the Lord. Wait for his perfect timing. None of us will ever be truly happy, if our hearts are not filled with the Lord’s goodness. I often hear the phrase, “Its a heart issue”. I always wondered what that meant. After reading this scriptures, I think it means that sin torments us and disturbs our hearts. We cannot fully enjoy God’s peace until we honestly go to God with our sins, seek forgiveness and turn away from sin. With God there is nothing that we cannot do. That thing that is weighing you down, God can break those chains. Everything is possible with the Lord. Let go and trust in the Lord. Give it all to God. Pray that God fills you with the power of the Holy Spirit to conquer whatever is weighing on your heart. Easter Sunday is less than two weeks away. Its a great time to go to God and get your hearts right with God, so you can rejoice with pure joy on Easter Sunday, knowing that your sins are forgiven, because Jesus died on the cross, was buried for 3 days and ascended into heaven to sit next to his father. On Easter, you can proclaim, “He is risen!” with happiness, gratitude and praise for all the Lord has done for us. Praise God for having new mercies for us each day!