July 19, 2015

Today you should read: Lamentations 5

Lamentations can be painful to read. No one likes a complainer, and unfortunately, it can feel like this whole book is a series of complaints. I encourage you to stop, though, and don’t read it that way. Realize that this is a part of life. God wants us to voice our frustrations and seek His help. He wants us to process through our emotions, only not as the world does but as He has emulated for us through Christ. The type of lamentation that says, “not my will but Yours be done” while also genuinely asking, “can this cup pass from me?”.

This is counter-cultural. It is not the norm. Go listen to a Taylor Swift album. You’ll hear the norm. God’s way is better. It pushes us away from bitterness and resent. It fixes our eyes on the only One who can meet our need.

Today’s lamentation is a prayer of restoration. The writer is frustrated with the state of Israel. These are God’s people after all, and they should be experiencing better. Their sin has led them to the point that their very inheritance — the land flowing with milk and honey — is overtaken. They are begging God to do something about it. This prayer is one that will find its fulfillment when Christ returns and the culmination of the coming Kingdom is upon us. I love how John describes it:

Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”

And he who was seated on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” Also he said, “Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.” And he said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give from the spring of the water of life without payment. The one who conquers will have this heritage, and I will be his God and he will be my son. (Revelation 21:1-7 ESV)

This promise from Revelation is for true followers of God — those who have professed authentic faith in Christ. Is it true for you? I pray so! If not, repent and believe today. Jesus loves you deeply, and He offers life-giving restoration to you. If it is, thank God for making all things new! Blessings on your day, Center Point.

Posted by: Todd Thomas

Author: Center Point Church

A multi-campus church in central Kentucky. Our mission is to take everyone we meet one step closer to becoming a true disciple of Jesus Christ.

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