Archive for November 8th, 2013

Lamentations 4

Lamentations 4 is a somewhat depressing chapter as it captures the reality of what happens when we choose evil versus good, sin versus obedience.  It is not a pretty outcome.  In fact, it is quite a battle.  The writer here captures the reality of what has happened.  “Those who once feasted on delicacies perish in the streets; those who were brought up in purple embrace ash heaps….their face is blacker than soot; they are not recognized in the streets”.  This isn’t a simple little slap on the hand.  It is a serious pounding.

But they earned it.  God does not look kindly when we make choices to be disobedient.  “The Lord gave full vent to his wrath; he poured out his hot anger, and he kindled a fire in Zion that consumed its foundations…. The kings of the earth did not believe….This was for the sins of her prophets and the iniquities of her priests”.  Boiling it down – a big chunk of this relates to bad leadership.  The people were led astray.  They chose to follow blindly, but the reality is that God doesn’t give passes when we make the choice to sin.

The writer ends the chapter with this truth: “he will punish; he will uncover your sins”.  God isn’t going to ignore how we live.  We can try and convince ourselves all day long that His love will just allow us to do whatever we want and He’ll look the other way but it just isn’t true.  His nature and holiness don’t allow it.  Justice will happen.  We will either pay the price for our sin, or we will be covered by the blood of the Lamb when Jesus shed His precious blood for our sin on the Cross.

It isn’t a question of whether someone will pay for our sin.  That is a fact and scripture is very clear about it.  The only question is how that price gets paid.  We can face that penalty on our own, which leads to eternal separation from the God who created and loves us.  Or we can accept the free gift of grace through the shed blood of the Savior Jesus Christ.  We can have our debt paid by God’s only Son and receive His covering and the forgiveness and mercy that comes through His sacrifice.  Which will it be for you?

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