God is Still on His Throne And His Grace is Abounding

There are approximately 8,810 promises in the entire Bible. In the Old Testament there are 7,706 and in the New Testament there are 1,104 wonderful promises. Deuteronomy 28 has 133 promises, which is more than any other chapter in the Bible. “We’re sitting on the premises wh … More

Promises

Jeremiah turns from asking God to remember their condition to calling on Him to restore both the land of Israel and the blessings of the covenant. He affirms that the Lord God is eternal (v. 19). Man and his interests may pass away, but the throne of God endures forever. The people were asking God why He had abandoned them for so long (v. 20) It seems that the people of Judah were calling on Him to fulfill the remainder of His covenant promises (vv. 21-22). Unless God had utterly rejected the nation (which he vowed never to do (Lev. 26:44 & Jer. 31:31-37) the people could depend on him to answer their request. If as a nation she would call on God He would restore her as a nation to covenant blessing (v. 21).

Judah had been rejected by God. Jeremiah beseeches the Lord to turn again in mercy to the distressed nation, to renew them and to re-establish them in the days of old. Thank God that He is still on His throne. His judgments are inflexible. But His grace is abounding. If you have grieved Him in word, thought or deed, repent, confess, turn to Him for forgiveness through Jesus Christ our Lord. Then live daily in the Holy Spirit for His glory, and the sorrow of your heart will turn to never ending praise.

A high calling, accompanied by low living, results in deep suffering. Lamentations gives us a picture of the bitter suffering the people of Jerusalem experienced when sin caught up with them and God turned His back on them. Every materialistic goal they had lived for collapsed. Although God turned away from them because of their sin, He did not abandon them and that was their great hope. Thus the book of Lamentations ends on a note of hope. In spite of severe suffering because of her sin, Judah had not been abandoned as a nation. God was still sovereign, and His covenant with Israel was still binding despite her disobedience. This means that our grief should turn us toward Him, not away from Him.

Application

No matter how selfish or materialistic I have been in the past God will not turn a deaf ear if I repent of my sin and call on Him to restore His blessing He will hear and answer.

Lamentations 5:19-22 (English Standard Version)


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