Faithful through It All
Today's passage: Lamentations 1:6
All the majesty of beautiful Jerusalem has been stripped away. Her princes are like starving deer
searching for pasture. They are too weak to run from the pursuing enemy. Lamentations 1:6
It was no secret. Even though it was foreign armies which destroyed the city, it was God who allowed the city to be ruined. "The Lord has trampled his beloved city" (Lamentations 1:15). But God wasn't just having a bad day; there was a very specific reason Israel was captured. Israel had turned its back on God.
But it is the LORD who did just as he planned. He has fulfilled the promises of disaster he made long ago. Lamentations 2:17
This is the first lesson of God's faithfulness: He keeps all His promises, not just the beneficial ones. God promised to bless Israel if they walked with Him. But he also promised to sell His people into slavery if they turned from Him. God wouldn't be faithful if He ignored some of His promises.
If this was the end of the story, God would seem rigid, following a set of logical rules. But out of the ruined city comes this amazing promise:
For no one is abandoned by the Lord forever. Though he brings grief, he also shows compassion
because of the greatness of his unfailing love. Lamentations 3:31-32
The second lesson: God's promise to love us always stands behind every other promise He makes.
The third lesson of God's faithfulness is seen near the end of the book:
O beautiful Jerusalem, your punishment will end; you will soon return from exile. But Edom, your punishment is just beginning; soon your many sins will be exposed. Lamentations 4:22
Edom, a country hostile to God would not escape His wrath. The difference is that their punishment will be eternal. God shows His faithfulness by promising that one day all the evil forces of this world will be brought to justice.
How has God been faithful to you? Give specifics. How faithful are you to God?