October 21, Reading 2 – Lamentations 4, 5

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SAA Notes

Treasure in earthen vessels! The old Testament source for Paul’s great thought (2 Cor 4:7) came from here and from Jeremiah 18,19. Clay pots are easily broken. This was reality for Jeremiah. How does the treasure help you face brokenness and continue to hope in and plead for God’s mercy?

SJA Notes

* God Above, please open the eyes and ears of our hearts to hear what You have to say today.

“Why do you forget us forever, why do you forsake us for so many days?”

What a heart-wrenching cry, filled with pain and longing.

Sometimes we can feel the same, our thoughts run down similar paths.

Why has God forsaken me, left me alone? Why so long since I have felt His blessing?

Jeremiah then cries out,

“Restore us to yourself, O LORD, that we may be restored!”

Jeremiah longs for restoration with the LORD our God.

How privileged then we are to be on this side of Jesus’s coming to earth as a man.

Because He is the RESTORER, the one who makes it possible for us fallen man to have a right relationship with our Creator God.

And yet for all believers, regardless of whether before or after Christ’s time here on earth as a man – For us all, we have the great future hope of the completion of God’s promises, the final absolute fulfilment.

Our hope in the better country, the building not made with hands, glory!

“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, not pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.”

This is restoration!

* Father God,

Please fix within us today and each day onward a strong and steady hope in what You have done for us, what You are doing for us, and the final completion of Your restoration plan, calling us home to glory.

Amen.

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