Pastor Scott Slocum, Lead Pastor
So here we are in Lamentations. Not a fun or pleasant book. In fact, the word “lament” gives a pretty good indication of what we can expect.
But the reality of life is that it isn’t always happy and uplifting. Life can be bad and painful at times. Sometimes life is tough through no fault of our own, but quite often our difficult life is a direct result of our choices and behaviors.
At one time or another, all of us have enjoyed the “fleeting” pleasure of sin. Sometimes while engaged in the sin we even considered the consequences, but more often than not, those thoughts were quickly shrugged off or rationalized away. Why? Because that’s what we do. It’s called our sin nature. Our sin nature has the unique ability to ignore the painful reality of the effects and consequences of our compromise so that we can “enjoy” a passing moment of sin. The price is high; yet we keep going anyway!
To such faulty thinking, God gives us the book of Lamentations. As we read it, we should be asking ourselves a very serious question: “Is my disobedience worth the tremendous price that we have to pay?”– because frequently our behavior does not simply affect us, but all the people that we love, live with, and work with. Lamentations reminds us that the price is high, and the thrill so short. It’s just not worth the cost.
Jeremiah spent 40 plus years pleading with the people to stop. The damage is great; the cost is high. The people said, “No, we know best.”
I read these verses and I pray, “Lord, help me to learn from Israel’s mistakes,” for I am just like them.
Even in the pain of the consequences of their sin, Jeremiah reminds us of our ever-forgiving, redeeming God:
“This I recall to my mind, therefore I have hope.
Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not.
They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness.” (vs. 3:21-23)
Great is His Faithfulness!