Sunday 1st July 2012 – Pastor Mark Ballosingh
Lamentations 3:21-40 This I recall to my mind, therefore have I hope.22 It is of the Lord’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not.23 They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.24 The Lord is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him.25 The Lord is good unto them that wait for him, to the soul that seeketh him.26 It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the Lord.27 It is good for a man that he bear the yoke in his youth.28 He sitteth alone and keepeth silence, because he hath borne it upon him.29 He putteth his mouth in the dust; if so be there may be hope.30 He giveth his cheek to him that smiteth him: he is filled full with reproach.31 For the Lord will not cast off for ever:32 But though he cause grief, yet will he have compassion according to the multitude of his mercies.33 For he doth not afflict willingly nor grieve the children of men.34 To crush under his feet all the prisoners of the earth.35 To turn aside the right of a man before the face of the most High,36 To subvert a man in his cause, the Lord approveth not.37 Who is he that saith, and it cometh to pass, when the Lord commandeth it not?38 Out of the mouth of the most High proceedeth not evil and good?39 Wherefore doth a living man complain, a man for the punishment of his sins?40 Let us search and try our ways, and turn again to the Lord.
When we choose not to follow after God’s ways we allow the enemy to come in. The children of Israel hardened their hearts against God and followed after false prophets and God allowed to enemy to come in. The temple of Solomon was burnt and Jerusalem became a burial ground, the walls of the city were systematically destroyed, famine came the famine was so great that the Bible says women gutted the children and boiled their insides.
Those that Israel laughed at passed by and mocked them “look at the great Jerusalem.” When we fail to follow after God and we end up in a position where we are down and out people will look at us and laugh all because we choose to disobey God. When we disobey God there is a great consequence to pay. It is the little things that ate away at the foundation of Jerusalem, a foundation God had laid.
The prophet Jeremiah escapes from Jerusalem. The book is written poetically by Jeremiah, such was his grief that he had to pen his feelings through writing. The scripture and the book of Deuteronomy 28 are spiritually connected. Deuteronomy reminds us of the curse for disobedience, Israel was reaping for their disobedience. A great city brought low for they neglected the ways of God.
God preserves and protects the prophet and through all that is going on he can still say v20 (My soul hath them still in remembrance, and is humbled in me.)………The prophet could have looked at all the negatives but he chose not to for there is hope once Jesus is in the equation.
8 things to think about while you are going through a fall:-
1) It may be bad but it could have been worse, I am still in the land of the living.
2) For if God is for me who can be against me?
3) I will be patient and wait on the salvation of God
4) In the midst of this, my hope is in you Lord
5) I will continue to seek you, doesn’t matter what happens. The devil wants us to give up and give in but know that the anchor holds so continue to praise and worship God through it.
6) Continue to bear my yolk in my youth. His yolk is easy, his burden is large I rather bear the yolk of Christ than bear the yolk of the world.
7) There is hope when we lay prostrate before God, sometimes lying in our bed isn’t good enough laying prostrate before God gets His attention.
8) Do not retaliate against God or man but continue to lift your heart and hands to God in total surrender.
8 reasons why we should continue to hope in the midst of the situation:-
1) Jehovah is merciful. Jesus came that we may have everlasting life, He didn’t have to die but He did for God is merciful. Morning by morning new mercies we see.
2) Jehovah is compassionate.
3) God is faithful. It may not happen the way or time we want it too but it will happen in God’s timing, God’s word is infallible.
4) Jehovah is good – for the Lord is good and His mercies endureth forever. Despite the rejection, hurt and persecutions He is good, in the good times and in the bad times, He is continuously good to them that diligently seek Him.
5) Jehovah is my deliverer when we go through the midnight waters and the waters are raging. How in the midst of that we can still say He is my deliverer? The Bible says He will send an angelic host to protect us, He will lift us up and bear us in His wings
6) Jehovah is just and righteous. Though the enemy comes in like a flood God will raise up a judgement against him. Your day of justice is right around the bend and it comes from a righteous God.
7) Jehovah is long suffering. The Bible says a righteous man falls 7 times but when he falls he gets back up for God picks him back up, for He is our God and we are His people. God says to us He is a long suffering God though you are disobedient and sin against me, my arms will reach out to you, though you hurt my heart I will be there, I allowed my son to die for you so you can have eternal life.
8) Jehovah is kind. God preserved the prophet in the midst of the devastation, He preserved the link He could use to bring the people back to Him. When the world is cruel God remains kind.