Judgment Begins At The House Of God

October 10

“He has besieged me
and surrounded me with bitterness and woe.”
Lamentations 3:3

vs 15:
“He has filled me with bitterness,
he has made me drink wormwood.”

In the first many verses in this chapter in Lamentations, Jeremiah writes at length about the terrible afflictions that have come upon his people. This was written during the destruction of Jerusalem when the city was destroyed, multitudes died, and the survivors were carried off prisoners to Babylon. He wrote of the overwhelming suffering and the terrible plight that has overtaken them …but he recognizes it as righteous judgment from the Lord.

Yet…

In spite of the heaviness of the sufferings he was enduring, he reminds himself that even in judgment God is merciful.

vs 22:
“Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed,
because his compassions fail not.”

vs 26:
“It is good that one should hope and wait quietly
for the salvation of the Lord.”

When judgment comes upon us, it can truly be overwhelming. The suffering can be so great that it crushes the soul.

“For the time has come for judgment to begin at the house of God; “
1 Peter 4:17

So what is one to do in such circumstances?

The first thing to do is to acknowledge one’s sin. It’s to be a time of deep humility and confession, holding nothing back. It’s a time to submit to the judgment of God, acknowledge that his judgment is righteous, and repent.

“My son, do not despise the chastening of the Lord,
nor be discouraged when you are rebuked by him,
for whom the Lord loves he chastens,
and scourges every son whom he receives.”
Hebrews 12:5-6

Keep in mind that times of judgment will have an end, it won’t last forever. Truly his compassions fail not, truly they are new every morning.

“Great is his faithfulness.”

 

 

 

 

 

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