August 29

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)?



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2 Responses to August 29

  1. Mary K

    God promises comfort to those who mourn. In the context of Matthew 5, I’m thinking it is mourning sin and a separation from God, which without His forgiveness would be a burden way too heavy to carry. Forgiveness is His comfort. Perhaps to illustrate the burden of unforgiven sin, we experience other losses in life that are so severe they sap away the very strength of our bones. This can help teach us the sorrow we must learn to feel for a lost soul. And the joy we can have because forgiveness has been in the plan from the beginning and is attainable through a merciful God.

    • Andrew

      Agreed. God comforts us by taking away the burden we feel. We can lay our guilt on Him and have that weight lifted from us. Also, there is nothing worse in life than losing someone who we know has not entered accepted salvation through Jesus. There are many difficulties we may mourn, but that would have to be the worst.

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