Lamentations twenty twenty two

“You have moved my soul far from peace; I have forgotten prosperity. And I said, “My strength and my hope Have perished from the Lord.” Remember my affliction and roaming, The wormwood and the gall. My soul still remembers And sinks within me. 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. “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “Therefore I hope in Him!” The Lord is good to those who wait for Him, To the soul who seeks Him. It is good that one should hope and wait quietly For the salvation of the Lord.”
‭‭Lamentations‬ ‭3:17-26‬ ‭NKJV‬‬

Lamentations twenty twenty two

I must learn not to look at media before I have settled down to meet with the Lord. This morning, my sleepy eyes were met with the image of a young Russian man setting himself on fire as he screamed that he would not fight in Ukraine. He had decided that death at his own hands by self immolation was far better than dying for an unjust cause.

It is a reminder to me that our world is in dire straits, as we begin to enter what will be a year of great sadnesses. The Lord has prepared me for this time, as I have suffered the loss of all things. My life is in itself a lamentation, an ongoing struggle where I feel as if I cannot go on, but am propelled anyway by the Lord who is honoring my desire that all of me be burned up on the altar for His glory.

“I am the man who has seen affliction by the rod of His wrath. He has led me and made me walk In darkness and not in light. Surely He has turned His hand against me Time and time again throughout the day. He has aged my flesh and my skin, And broken my bones. He has besieged me And surrounded me with bitterness and woe. He has set me in dark places Like the dead of long ago. He has hedged me in so that I cannot get out; He has made my chain heavy. Even when I cry and shout, He shuts out my prayer.”
Lamentations 3:1-8 NKJV

“And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”
II Corinthians 12:9 NKJV

I have learned that the Lord’s mercies fail not, for I have received more than I deserve. It is easy to feel as if the struggle is overwhelming, seemingly so insurmountable that one can not overcome. I know that many out there are suffering under the weight of many troubles, for my prayer list bears witness.

There are so many of us who are carrying many burdens, deep concerns as everything that we have counted on, has been slowly stripped away. We humans like to make future plans, and it is troubling for us to be living in a time when we cannot.

In the depths of my own trevail, I have leaned on the Lord and embraced the promises found in His word. I know from experience that He is always faithful. Each and every day He shows me that He is already aware of my needs before I even know.

Brothers and sisters, let us rejoice in the truth that we belong to God and that He loves us. He sent His Son Jesus to die for our sins, thus providing a sacrifice to pay our sin debt. He offers grace to all who will receive it, that is not merely forgiveness, but an opportunity to be made new, as the Holy Spirit replaces your dead spirit.

He walks with us through the fire and the flood.

“But now, thus says the Lord, who created you, O Jacob, And He who formed you, O Israel: “Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; You are Mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, Nor shall the flame scorch you.”
Isaiah 43:1-2 NKJV

We are His.

As we endure Lamentations twenty twenty two, and as we prepare for Lamentations twenty twenty three, let us keep our eyes on the Lord. Let us not neglect the meeting of the saints, being sure to bring edification and prayers. We are going to need each other.

If ever there was a time to put aside the conflicts that can infect the affairs of people, it is now. We will experience great pressure from without, let us build up the peace within the body.

“Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. For if anyone thinks himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself. But let each one examine his own work, and then he will have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another. For each one shall bear his own load.”
Galatians 6:2-5 NKJV

“I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called, with all lowliness and gentleness, with longsuffering, bearing with one another in love, endeavoring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all.”
Ephesians 4:1-6 NKJV

May we reflect the heart of Jesus within the walls of the church, and may that love leach out into the world around us, as we go and represent Jesus as His ambassadors. We bring the love of God, who did not spare HIs Son that all could be saved.

May His message be present not only in our words, but in our actions, as we bring the power of grace and forgiveness into a world that is waxing worse and worse. Because we go through the same things as those in the world, the Lord has given is a witness pointing to His faithfulness.

Let us be bold and give testimony, telling of the Lord’s provision, and of His ultimate provision of salvation as Jesus has changed our destination from hell to Heaven.

“Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed, Because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness. “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “Therefore I hope in Him!” The Lord is good to those who wait for Him, To the soul who seeks Him.”
Lamentations 3:22-25 NKJV

“He who testifies to these things says, “Surely I am coming quickly.” Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus! The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.”
Revelation 22:20-21 NKJV

HE WILL HOLD ME FAST

When I fear my faith will fail
Christ will hold me fast
When the tempter would prevail
He will hold me fast

I could never keep my hold
Through life’s fearful path
For my love is often cold
He must hold me fast

He will hold me fast
He will hold me fast
For my Savior loves me so
He will hold me fast

Songwriters: Ada Ruth Habershon / Matt Merker

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