Wednesday, August 27, 2008

A couple of verses

I was reading in Lamentations this morning. Overall, the book is certainly in a 'minor key,' as the name would give away. I do find that the book expresses what happens to those God-followers who (1) don't act like God-followers and (2) don't really trust in God with their lives, even though they profess to do so with their lips. What happens? Their life is wrecked, their hope in other things is demolished, and they (we?) are left with nothing else to turn to but God Himself.

Listen to this verse
Lamentations 4:17 Our eyes failed, ever watching vainly for help; in our watching we watched for a nation which could not save.
Do you hear the disappointment? A nation could not save them. Those are words to think about, as we listen to two political parties who promise to relieve the 'suffering' we experience currently in the USA. Can we put our hope in a candidate to do this? Do we think that a change in economic or foreign policy gives us the security that only God can give? Does someone's experience on the Senate floor deserve our ultimate trust for hope, refuge and relief for our souls?

Another verse follows
Lamentations 4:20 The breath of our nostrils, the Lord’s anointed, was captured in their pits, of whom we said, “Under his shadow we shall live among the nations.”
This verse talks about the king (who was part of the family of David) who was deposed as king. It was a blow to the nation. The king was their hope. They thought they could live prosperously among the nations, because the king had family relations to David. The result: major disappointment. Why don't we learn? Why do we think that attending church, giving money, listening to Christian radio, reading Christian books somehow gains us immunity from realizing the consequences of our lack of faith in God?

Our hope, our rescue, our deliverance, our relief, our shelter, our sanctuary, our refuge, our security, our future, our success, our prosperity, our salvation can only be found in the one who came to be the Savior of the world. God, help us to learn this!