I’ll be totally honest – when I realised that my daily readings were going to be in Lamentations this week my instant reaction was not good. Actually I was dreading it. I’d never read this book before (but let’s face it the name kind of gives the plot away!) and it wasn’t long before I discovered some stuff that reaffirmed my preconceived view of this book. Speaking about God the author of Lamentations says..
“He is a bear lying in wait for me, a lion in hiding; he turned aside my steps and tore me to pieces he has made me desolate; he bent his bow and set me as a target for his arrow.”
Not the most inspiring section of Scripture I have ever read and we’re not likely to memorise it in our youth group or Sunday school but I guess we’ve got to appreciate the honesty of how this author feels or thinks about God. Ten verses later in this ‘lament’ I was struck by how this same author talks about God…
But this I call to mind
and therefore I have hope
The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases
his mercies never come to an end;
they are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness
“The LORD is my portion” says my soul
“therefore I will hope in him.”
The LORD is good to those who wait for him,
to the soul who seeks him.
This is worth committing to memory so that when you feel as though God is using you as target practise you can be confident of His steadfast love. I am glad to have been guided to Lamentations this week and really love the honesty of this prayer.
I don’t know if there’ll be a part 2 to this series but I hope that God continues to surprise me through His word.