How often do we read of the almighty, all powerful, Creator of the Universe described as a loving, soft hearted Lamb? This Lamentations passage does not conform to that same image!
The passage begins with graphic pictures of how God has abandoned his people and their communities, verse 3 He has cut down in fierce anger all the might of Israel;
he has withdrawn from them his right hand in the face of the enemy;
he has burned like a flaming fire in Jacob, consuming all round.
What a frightening picture!
The details of despair and pain of his people are hard to read. What horrors were faced by children in particular.
Verses 18-22 are the prayerful pleas for mercy of these humbled people to this fierce and angry God. Verse 20 Look, O Lord, and see! With whom have you dealt thus.
I pray that we continue to seek our Lord in all we do and say and be grateful that we are living now, under Jesus. The bible says that in our natural, sinful state we are enemies of God, Romans 5:10 For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life. We are comforted that by Jesus’ death we are welcomed into His presence. Through our repentance and acceptance of Jesus’ death, we are even called his children. Thankfully, God no longer sees our imperfections. Only by what Jesus has done for us are our sins forgiven, our relationship with God restored, and our eternity secured.
I am thankful that he sees me through his Son.