Today’s Reading: Lamentations 1, 2
Highlights: Yesterday we read about the fall of Jerusalem. Jeremiah chose to stay in Judah, near the city. Today and tomorrow we read about the sorrow he felt as he saw the destruction. In chapters 1 and 2 the prophet mourns over what was once God’s beautiful city – now destroy and her people in captivity, dead, or suffering. “My eyes fail from weeping, I am in torment within, my heart is poured out on the ground because my people are destroyed, because children and infants faint in the streets of the city” (2:11).
One idea chapters 1 and 2 is that Jeremiah acknowledges that this has happened because of the nation’s sin and that God is just in judging. “The LORD has brought her grief because of her many sins” (1:5), “Jerusalem has sinned greatly” (1:8).
Ecclesiastes 3:4 says there is a time to mourn. What circumstances in our lives might prompt us to mourn like what we see in the book of Lamentations? What does Jesus promise to those who mourn in a godly way (Matt.5:4)?