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.