“I’m sticking with God (I say it over and over). He’s all I’ve got left.”


Reading Lamentations now and these are my first thoughts on it.

In chapter 1 and 2 we see how much pain and anger we can have, how our friends can dump on us and leave us. Days when we feel we have lost everything with no one to help, how others take our favourite things away. How people passing by ignore us and look on. We end up moaning that God has forgotten us, that no one cares any more.

Do you feel like this? Have you felt like this?

I have and its not nice.

In chapter 3 it continues in the same vain of deep darkness in your life, but then it changes as the person remembers that its ‘A good thing to hope for help from God’; ‘God’s loyal love couldn’t have dried up.’ ‘God proves to be good to the man who passionately waits, to the woman who diligently seeks’.

“28-30When life is heavy and hard to take, go off by yourself. Enter the silence.
Bow in prayer. Don’t ask questions: Wait for hope to appear. Don’t run from trouble. Take it full-face.  The “worst” is never the worst.

31-33Why? Because the Master won’t ever walk out and fail to return.
If he works severely, he also works tenderly. His stockpiles of loyal love are immense. He takes no pleasure in making life hard,  in throwing roadblocks in the way.”

Isn’t it  wonderful, God wants to help but we need to ask and search for Him. “We’ve been contrary and wilful” but God still loves us and wants to help. I know this is true as it has been for me any way. “When I called out. You said, ‘It’s going to be all right.’”

God hears you when you call and strenuously search for Him, its no good just paying lip service you must mean it and want to have Him in your life from then on.

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3 responses to ““I’m sticking with God (I say it over and over). He’s all I’ve got left.”

  1. Hi Chris,

    Really struggling with how you interpret Lamentations. Here’s my thoughts: Ch 1 is NOT about how ‘people’ take things away from us and do things to us. Its also NOT about moaning that God has forgotten us. It is about Zion feeling sorry for itself because of what God has done. eg ch1 v13 “The lord treated with scorn all the mighty men within my walls; he marshalled rank on rank against me to crush my young warriors. The Lord trod down, like grapes in the press, the virgin daughters of Judah.” Ch2 v17 “The Lord has done what he planned to do, he has fulfilled his threat, all that he ordained from days of old. He has demolished without pity and let enemy rejoice over you, filling your adversaries with pride”. These two quotes are incompatible with your interpretation. Chapters 1 and 2 are pretty much about ‘punishment’. Chapter 3 is about despair, hope and repentance. In other words, if God punishes me so much that I totally despair, the only hope remaining is if I repent before God. To support this: Ch3 v1 “I am the man who has known affliction. I have felt the rod of his wrath”. Ch3 v25 “The Lord is good to those who look for him, to all who seek him”. It’s also about God not being forgiving: Ch3 v42-43 “We ourselves have sinned and rebelled, and thou hast not forgiven. In anger thou hast turned and pursues us and slain without pity”. Finally, your point about “isn’t it wonderful that God wants to help but we need to ask and search for him” I think is also a misinterpretation. It’s less about ‘wants to help’ and more about ‘demands we obey’.
    Happy to discuss further if you’d like.
    Regards,
    Dave

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  2. Dave its true that its about the People of God and Jerusalem, but that does not mean it isn’t also for each of us as well.
    Yes Israel thought that God was punishing them but that was there feeling not the reality. God is often shown in the OT as a God of wrath but that view has to be tempered by the whole story of the bible not just a few verses.
    Thanks for your thoughts and for reading the passage. I will leave it there.

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  3. Hi Chris,
    I think we will have to agree to disagree (which is fine and a good debate!). The versus I referenced are unambiguous. Your reinterpretation of the meaning of these verses to link to the traditional new testament’s ‘softer and more loving’ version of God is, from the perspective of the text itself, inappropriate. When the young warriors were crushed and the virgin daughters down trodden this was their ‘reality’ not merely their ‘feeling’. Regards, Dave.

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