Letters Of Lament - Thoughts From Lamentations Chapter Three
Sermon shared by Tom Shepard
Summary: These are readings through the book of Lamentations. A look at chapter three.
Audience: General adults
God’s Punishment is Severe
1. God has driven me into the darkness – where there is not a hint of light.
2. God has turned His hand against me – over and over all day long.
3. God has caused me to physically waist away – my bones are broken – my flesh is falling off.
4. God has gripped me and encircled me with bitterness and hardship.
5. God has placed in a tomb of darkness – that is where I live.
6. God holds me in a dungeon with a heavy chain around my neck – there is no escape.
7. God does not listen to my pleads and my prayers – even though I cry out for help.
8. God has placed stone barriers in my way.
9. God has ordered my life in such a way that there is no clear direction – my path is twisted.
10. God is like a wild animal – a bear or a lion – secretly lying in wait for His prey.
11. God has torn me to pieces – turned me from my planed destination – I am desolate and devastated.
12. God has pulled back His bow – aimed his weapon at heart.
13. God has a plan for each arrow in His quiver – they will pierce the organs of my body.
14. God has made me to be the brunt of all the jokes in the neighborhood – gossip about me is everywhere.
15. God has made my life sour – He has given me vinegar for a beverage – to quench my thirst.
16. God has broken all my teeth by giving me rocks to eat.
17. God has covered me with shame – I am covered with ashes.
I have no peace – I have no happiness – I have forgotten the meaning of those words.
II. A God Of Mercy – The Faithfulness Of God
v. 18 - So I say, "My strength has perished, And so has my hope from the LORD."
v. 19 - Remember my affliction and my wandering, the wormwood and bitterness.
v. 20 - Surely my soul remembers And is bowed down within me.
v. 21 - This I recall to my mind, Therefore I have hope.
v. 22 - The LORD’S loving kindnesses indeed never cease, For His compassions never fail.
v. 23 - They are new every morning; Great is Thy faithfulness.
v. 24 - "The LORD is my portion," says my soul, "Therefore I have hope in Him."
v. 25 - The LORD is good to those who wait for Him, To the person who seeks Him.
Lamentations 3:18-25 (NASV)
Our hope is always from the Lord. Any hope outside the hope of the Lord is false hope. When all is said and done – at the end of time – all that will be left is what God has chosen. If you are outside the will of God – you will not survive. Sad – but true.
The call in verse 19 is to ask God to remember “my affliction and my wandering”. How could God forget? He never does. He is not absent-minded. He does not get holy amnesia. He knows all things – inside and out. He knows what I have suffered – and He knows my suffering. He knows the dark roads I have traveled – and the dead end of my journeys. He knows if I truly repent – or if I am putting on a pretense. The façade of my holiness – He sees through. There is no hiding from God. He knows it all – I know it all too. That is why my “soul remembers – and is
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