Lamentations 1: 17 Zion stretches out her hands, but there is no one to comfort her; the Lord has commanded against Jacob that his neighbors should become his foes; Jerusalem has become a filthy thing among them. 18 The Lord is in the right, for I have rebelled against his word; but hear, all you peoples, and behold my suffering; my young women and young men have gone into captivity.
This is an interesting passage because of the different perspectives in the two verses. v.17 is from the perspective of a narrator telling us what has become of the great city of Jerusalem. It has been destroyed by the Babylonians, and its people sent into exile, due to the unfaithfulness of God’s people who occupied the city.
V.18 is written as from the perspecive of the city itself. Jerusalem speaks in the first person, “…behold my suffering; my young women and young men have gone into captivity”.
Most importantly, there is a sense that God’s people have finally hit rock bottom.
We human beings tend to be a stubborn lot. We refuse to recognize the truth until it’s too late. Too often it’s only when our props have failed us, when our delusions have been exposed, when we’ve been humbled by obvious failure, that we acknowledge our wrongs.
Wouldn’t it be better if we could repent of our sin – before we hit rock bottom?
This morning I wonder, where have I gone astray in my life? Where am I in denial about this? Will I open myself to the truth before things get out of hand? Let’s pray.
Lord Jesus, this morning we acknowledge our tendency to overlook our shortcomings – until it’s too late. Give us grace today to see the truth, to repent of our sin, and be restored to you and to other people BEFORE it’s too late. We ask this in your holy name. Amen.