Christian, Teach the world to Cry



I am the man who has seen affliction
under the rod of his wrath;
he has driven and brought me
into darkness without any light;
surely against me he turns his hand
again and again the whole day long.

He has made my flesh and my skin waste away;
he has broken my bones;
he has besieged and enveloped me
with bitterness and tribulation;
he has made me dwell in darkness
like the dead of long ago.

He has walled me about so that I cannot escape;
he has made my chains heavy;
though I call and cry for help,
he shuts out my prayer;
he has blocked my ways with blocks of stones;
he has made my paths crooked.

He is a bear lying in wait for me,
a lion in hiding;
he turned aside my steps and tore me to pieces;
he has made me desolate;
he bent his bow and set me
as a target for his arrow.

He drove into my kidneys
the arrows of his quiver;

I have become the laughingstock of all peoples,
the object of their taunts all day long.

He has filled me with bitterness;
he has sated me with wormwood.

He has made my teeth grind on gravel,
and made me cower in ashes;
my soul is bereft of peace;

I have forgotten what happiness is;
so I say, “My endurance has perished;
so has my hope from the Lord.”

Remember my affliction and my wanderings,
the wormwood and the gall!

My soul continually remembers it
and is bowed down within me.

But this I call to mind,
and therefore I have hope:

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;
his mercies never come to an end;
they are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.
“The Lord is my portion,” says my soul,
“therefore I will hope in him.
” (ESV Lamentations 3:1-24)

It is easy to understand God, or things of God, when things are going well, when lives are happy and fulfilled, when families are together and reconciled always,  when people are laughing with joy over various circumstances...it comes easy to see the hand of God in our good and utter the words "The Lord is my portion". We rest easy. We are content. 

What about the bad or the evil things that happen in one's life or in the lives of others? Can we still say "The Lord is my portion" with confidence? Can we follow it with 

"therefore I will hope in him". 

Many want to believe that bad things happen, or that evil exists because God must be absent. 

If God is absent from any given situation, then how can He be trusted? 

How can He be faithful if he not present, not around......absent? 

If He can pick and choose where to be present and where to be absent, and then choose to look away or check out when bad things happen, why would I want to trust a God who functions that way? 

If he purposely chooses to be absent, how can he still be faithful? 

The Christian that understands the fullness of God's sovereign hand,  and can trust God in the midst of pain- it is this Christian that can teach the world to cry. 

The Christian that understand the fullness of God's sovereign hand, even when witnessing the suffering of others, it is this Christian that can teach the world to cry. 

Ask God to help you see His hand in all things. Not just the good things that happen. 

Be that Christian. 

The one that can teach the world to cry. 

On my walk this morning, I listened to a sermon that was a good reminder of God's faithfulness. 

Please take the time to listen.

The Faithfulness of God - Broadcasts - Truth For Life