Lamentations 3: Where We Need to Be
Lamentations 3 would have to be one of the most encouraging chapters in the Bible. Jeremiah was clearly in an incredibly dark place. As we just read in the book of Jeremiah, nothing really ever went right for him. He was following God, and he continually did what God told him to do, but I think that his testimony alone destroys the prosperity gospel where it stands.
The first 20 verses of this chapter talk about how abandoned Jeremiah felt. He basically felt as if God had become his enemy. However, he also understood that God was perfectly good. The next 20 verses talk about how even despite all of the trouble that he had gone through, God was still good. God was still in control, and even if situations were difficult, that did not change his convictions.
Lam 3:40 Let us search and try our ways, and turn again to the LORD.
Lam 3:41 Let us lift up our heart with our hands unto God in the heavens.
After all of that introduction regarding how awful life is while simultaneously praising God for how good He is, here is how Jeremiah responds to this situation. Essentially, we need to keep following God. Let’s make sure we are on the right track, turn back to God if we are not and continue worshiping Him.
I mentioned in the introduction that this was an encouraging chapter. It is encouraging because even though we might be in the darkness of depression where we feel like God has abandoned us, that isn’t the case whatsoever. God still has all of the characteristics that He has always had, and as long as we are doing what God wants us to be doing, we are on the right path.
Dark times definitely come to all of us. I can’t think of anyone who has not had some type of difficulty. However, these times don’t mean that we are necessarily failing. Jeremiah did everything God wanted him to do, and the people still didn’t listen. The people ignored him with dire consequences. That must have been heavy on his heart, but essentially, his advice to all of us is exactly how he lived his life.
Regardless of the consequences, continue doing what God has called you to do and continue to worship God with your entire life. The rest of the chapter talks about people who were far away from God, so this is a warning for them, but for people who are walking with God, this is an encouragement that you are actually where you need to be.