Lamentations 1

Lamentations 1 reveals the state of Jerusalem after God turns Babylon loose on it.  “How lonely sits the city that was full of people….who was great among the nations….who was a princess among the provinces has become a slave”.  God has allowed the enemy to have free reign and destroy the city and His people.  “She herself suffers bitterly….the Lord has afflicted her for the multitude of her transgressions”.  Sin has a price.  When we walk in disobedience, we will face punishment.

And the reality is, we often don’t think about the outcome as we sin.  “She took no thought of her future; therefore her fall is terrible”.  Here is the terrible truth about sin.  It seems so harmless at the time.  It seems so innocent on the surface.  It seems like it won’t be that big a deal.  But the truth is this:

Sin will take you farther than you want to go, keep you longer than you want to stay and cost you more than you want to pay.

Sin carries a huge price tag.  We don’t stop and consider the cost to our choices.  We just dive into sin and choose to do things that will carry a severe cost, up to an eternal separation from God if we don’t address it through repentance.  But Sin is expensive and we never consider the cost before we make the choice.  If we did, we would never sin.  If we considered what the cost would be, we would choose obedience.  Blessing comes from that.  It doesn’t cost us anything, it brings blessing and goodness from God.

We don’t know for sure who wrote the book of Lamentations.  Many believe it was the prophet Jeremiah, which is a likely prospect, but whoever the author they knew what happened well.  “For these things I weep; my eyes flow with tears; for a comforter is far from me….the enemy has prevailed”.  Have you ever felt this way?  That things have fallen apart in your life and God is far away.  The devil has had his way with your life and is destroying all that is happening.  The writer is in pain: “I am in distress; my stomach churns; my heart is wrung within me, because I have been very rebellious”.  But he understands the issue – rebellion.  It is never a good choice!

How do people survive when they have no hope? Where do they turn when there’s nothing but misery all around them? In whom do you put your trust and hope? The only true hope we truly have is in the Lord. As we study Lamentations, we’ll get a glimpse of the God whose compassions never fail. He is our only source of hope.  The writer will lead us to that conclusion as we study.  But God doesn’t ignore sin.  There is a price to pay.  And we need to consider that cost before we make a choice to disobey God and choose sin!

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