Gems 2015 — November 13 Scripture Selection: Lamentations 1-5

Guest post by Jeanette Andrade

November 13 Scripture Selection: Lamentations 1-5

Food for Thought: Lam. 3:31-33

It seems like every time there is a tragedy or immense grief, people tend to attribute it to God’s doing. They often assume that God must be punishing them for something they did or did not do. God also gets the blame for climatic disasters, calling them “acts of God.” If someone dies, they say, “The Lord took him.” Frequently, Job 1:21 is quoted: “the Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away,” When someone is ill, people tell him/her that God is teaching some lesson. But EVERYTHING changed when Jesus died on the cross, descended to hell, and rose again, so those perspectives are no longer applicable (even though even in the Old Testament, God constantly showed His great grace and mercy).

Never again need we assume that God is inflicting pain on us because of our unrighteousness or for any reason. Jesus bore all our sin and punishment on Himself. Notice in Isaiah 53:4-12 all that was accomplished by the sacrifice of Jesus:

“Surely He has borne our griefs and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed Him stricken, Smitten by God, and afflicted. But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed…
the Lord has laid on Him the iniquity of us all. He was oppressed and He was afflicted, yet He opened not His mouth; … He was taken from prison and from judgment, and who will declare His generation? For He was cut off from the land of the living; For the transgressions of My people He was stricken. And they made His grave with the wicked—But with the rich at His death, because He had done no violence, nor was any deceit in His mouth. Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise Him; He has put Him to grief. When You make His soul an offering for sin,
He shall see His seed, He shall prolong His days, and the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in His hand. He shall see the labor of His soul, and be satisfied. By His knowledge My righteous Servant shall justify many, for He shall bear their iniquities… He poured out His soul unto death, and He was numbered with the transgressors, and He bore the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.”

People forget that there are other “players” on the field besides God to whom one might attribute suffering. Of course, man himself can be the cause of his own hardship because of the detrimental decisions he has made. God gave him a will, and He will not countermand it. If He did, He would be unjust. And then there is the adversary, Satan, whose only goal is to oppose God and His purpose. In John 10:10 Jesus contrasts Himself and what He offers to what the devil attempts: “The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” So if something goes terribly wrong, we can be assured that God is not in the instigator. He has no desire to do us harm nor punish us for our wrong-doings (though He corrects and convinces us of our errors, but never condemns or harms). Rather, it is either man’s doing or Satan’s, or both. We live in the days of the New Covenant, and the Lord deals with people now based on the sacrifice that has already been made for them, not what they have done or not done. He is love, and He treats us accordingly. (See II Cor. 5:21; 8:9; I Cor. 1:30.)

Digging Deeper (What scriptures can further enhance today’s reading?):

Getting Personal (What has God shown you in today’s reading?):

Confession of Faith (Example: Lord, based on Mat. 1:21 and 23, I understand that Jesus is God, and I receive Him as my personal Lord and Savior.):

Important Events on This Day (birthdays, anniversaries, etc.):

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3 Responses to Gems 2015 — November 13 Scripture Selection: Lamentations 1-5

  1. suyts says:

    Very timely! What we see today, in France, is because of the decisions made by the people of France and Europe. These were the consequences of the choices the leaders of France and Europe made, and by extension, the consequences of the choices the people of France and Europe made.

    They invited sworn enemies of the West into their own lands. Now, they are being slaughtered by their enemies.

    God didn’t do this, France and Europe did this …. to their own people!

    I do pray God relieves their suffering and repels the invaders. I think only God’s intercession can help Europe, now.

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