I will try to eloquently express without offending or misleading people with what I am about to write. Lovingly and prayerfully, I hope for you to find comfort in every word typed here.
This morning, I consciously chose to read the book of Lamentations. Other times when I wanted to be inspired, encouraged and uplifted I would just turn to passages that offer exactly what I wanted to read or soak in. There is nothing wrong with that, but I think at the back of our minds we avoid books of darkness grief and sorrows. We want to be uplifted not saddened and burdened, right?
But God’s word regardless of the tone, inspires and instructs all the time. No matter the situation, God meets us exactly where we are at and is gracious enough to offer us comfort and hope.
I looked up lament-and it defines it as “passionate expression of grief or sorrow”. If you lost someone to death, you would know what I am talking about. It pierces your inner being and rips your heart, your are zapped out of energy and the will to socialize, work, eat or live is almost gone. You are numb all over all the time and you cry your heart out until there’s no more, and you give up.
I have heard of stories from people who experienced and went through wars and genocide, how they lost and separated from loved ones and how they were forced to migrate to a country so unfamiliar. When you are uprooted and separated from family, the grief is so much it stays with you for as long as you are alive.
The prophet Jeremiah experienced the same when Jerusalem was devastated. He talked of betrayal, poverty, death and constant insecurity and threat from the enemies.
My groans are many and my heart is faint.
Is that your heart’s condition today? What do you lament about? Maybe Chapter 3 describes what you are feeling right now? It is dark, but verse 22 is a spark of hope.
“Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.”
It isn’t the end of the world yet for those of us who grieve, but even if it were what do we have to worry about? The hope we have is in Jesus. There is salvation and a promise that “He will wipe every tear from our eyes, There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain” (Revelation 21:4)
Jeremiah does not complain, he grieves about the desolation and destruction of Jerusalem but his attitude made all the difference. He repented and praised God in the midst of it all. When we are tempted to get lost in the mire of self and grief, let us look upon The Lord for He reigns forever and his throne endures from generation to generation.