Have you ever felt like Jeremiah as he pours out his complaint with God in these first 20 verses? Then meditate on verses 22-27. Why is faithfulness so precious?
How can Jeremiah (the author of Lamentations) have both of these truths in his mind and not break?
The God has greviously wounded Jeremiah (and the people), AND that the Lord is good to those who wait for Him?
Jeremiah gets to the crux in v31, “For the Lord will not cast off forever, but, though he cause grief, he will have compassion according to the abundance of his steadfast love;”
He continues this thought (which is important for us to wrestle with, how we pray, how we progress in prayer) – and comes to the conclusion, “Why should a living man complain, a man, about the punishment of his sins?”
Jeremiah was a real person who dealt with the real world, broken and desperate, and his own sin (walking in humility and meekness under the Lord’s will).
His struggles will mirror ours, and we should take note and heart in his prayers here, how they point us to the Lord, and to Jesus.
Because Jeremiah ends this passage pointing to the great truth – The Lord has taken up our cause, and He is the JUST Lord, He will bring punishment.
Which reminds us of our own punishment – That we deserved it as much as any enemy of God. And yet He sent Jesus, His Son, to be our redemption, our rescue, our restorative healing balm.
Hallelujah, what a Saviour!
* Great God,
Thank You that You have taken up our cause. That You see the evil in the world around us today. That You will call to account.
Thank You Lord that You have saved us, that we no longer fear death or the punishment of hellfire.
Instead we walk free in Jesus, and look forward to any weight and shame and brokenness that still inhabits us being completely removed on that final day when King Jesus returns.