Good Morning! My name is Wanda Treece and I was asked to give you a devotional thought from the book of Lamentations, chapters 1 and 5.
1:1 How doth the city sit solitary, that was full of people! How is she become a widow! She that was great among the nations, and princess among the provinces, how is she become tributary!
5:21 Turn thou us unto thee, O Lord, and we shall be turned; renew our days as of old.
5:22 But thou hast utterly rejected us; thou art very wroth against us.
Lamentations was written by Jeremiah expressing his great sorrow over the destruction of Jerusalem. In the first verse of this book, Jeremiah writes how sad and lonely the city sits. A city that was great amongst nations has now become a slave.
The book ends with Jeremiah pleading with God that Israel be turned and restored, and the days of old renewed. Or has He utterly rejected them and is exceedingly angry with them still?
Everything is going great; you are feeling like you are at the top of the world. You are succeeding, have money, friends, everything you desire. Then suddenly, everything changes, things start to fall apart and crash. Our first instinct is to pray, call upon God; ask for his help, forgiveness. When we are caught up with life and all the busyness of it, our time for God is cut shorter and shorter. In the case of the Israelites, they prospered, thought all was well because of their prosperity, and disobeyed God’s rules for them.
When we feel all is lost and have nowhere to turn, we can call on our Heavenly Father to help us. I have to remind myself that He wants our love, time, and attention, in good times and bad. He is there for us, but, most importantly, I must remember to let Him know I earnestly seek Him in good times and in bad. Sometimes bad things happen to wake us up, get our attention and get us back on track. All the “toys” we collect are just empty vessels without our Lord in our lives. Lamentations has reminded me to constantly seek God’s Word and put Him first in my life.
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SAVED : 12 years old at Billy Graham Crusade
FAVORITE BIBLE VERSE: Isaiah 41:10
FAVORITE BIBLE CHARACTER: Peter
FAMILY: Children, JoAnn, Jayne, Jackie, Jason, 12 grandchildren, 4 great grandchildren