Read Lamentations 3
God's mercy; punishment of
Few prophets have suffered so much public humiliation, rejection, and hostility as Jeremiah. For more than 40 years, he warned the Israelites to believe what Moses had written and to follow the Law or face the judgment of God for their sins. Eventually, because they did not repent, they experienced the inevitable destruction of their glorious
God does not permit suffering for the sake of punishment alone. Sometimes it is in order that God may be glorified in a life (see John 9:1-3). When it is because of sin in one's life, it has a twofold purpose. First, it serves as judgment upon sin. Second, it allows the offenders the opportunity to repent and commit their lives to Him. We can truly praise the Lord that He forgives us of all our sins when we truly repent and confess them to Him (see I John 1:9). Jeremiah the prophet assures us: It is of the LORD's mercies that we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning (Lamentations 3:22-23). Though He cause grief, yet will He have compassion according to the multitude of His mercies (3:32).
After the destruction of the
The righteous always suffer in the midst of a wicked nation; but, for Christians, suffering should open our eyes to the true value of life. We have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us. . . . they verily (truly) for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure (judgment); but He (God) for our profit, that we might be partakers of His holiness (Hebrews 12:9-10).
3:5 builded against = besieged; 3:9 inclosed = blocked; 3:14 a derision = a laughingstock; 3:15 wormwood = bitterness; 3:29 putteth his mouth in the dust = speaks humbly; 4:10 sodden = boiled.
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Memory Verse for the Week: II Thessalonians 2:12