Lessons from Lamentations: Redemption & Restoration

Joel 2 25

Those who were my enemies without cause
    hunted me like a bird.
 They tried to end my life in a pit
    and threw stones at me;
 the waters closed over my head,
    and I thought I was about to perish.

 I called on your name, Lord,
    from the depths of the pit.
 You heard my plea: “Do not close your ears
    to my cry for relief.”
 You came near when I called you,
    and you said, “Do not fear.”

 You, Lord, took up my case;
    you redeemed my life.
 Lord, you have seen the wrong done to me.
    Uphold my cause!
 You have seen the depth of their vengeance,
    all their plots against me. (Lamentations 3:53-60)

It has often been said, and truthfully so, that Christianity is the only religion that can deal with a person’s past. God “will repay you for the years the locusts have eaten” (Joel 2:25), and He is trustworthy to do it unreservedly. He does so not because of what we are but because of who He is. God forgives, He heals, and He restores, for He is “the God of all grace” (1 Peter 5:10). – Adapted from Sunday School Times, Streams in the Desert

Today we wrapped up our time with Jeremiah and the series June with Jeremiah and Lessons from Lamentations. Tomorrow join us for July with Joel & Jude.

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