Posted: Thursday, October 29
Verse of the day:
Rise during the night and cry out. Pour out your hearts like water to the Lord. Lift up your hands to him in prayer, pleading for your children, for in every street they are faint with hunger. (Laminations 2:19)
The word repentance, as defined by dictionary.com, is “deep sorrow, compunction, or contrition for a past sin, wrongdoing, or the like.” Repentance, is not just being sorry, but sorry enough to change.
When we read through the book of Laminations, we see a nation that is in ruins. Jerusalem and all of Judah has felt the punishment of God’s judgement. They did not follow the commands of God and now have suffered His promised judgement. He has scattered the nation, breaking down their cities, their temple, and their pride. They have gone from being rulers and free men, to slaves.
The purpose of the book of Laminations is not just for us to cry over the destruction that sin brings into our lives. The theme of the book is to help us see that the purpose of God’s judgement is to get us to the place of desiring change. He longs for us to repent and to return to him. He never punishes for sport or for spite. His punishment has purpose.
True repentance is not just being sorry. I love the way the writer uses the words “pour out” and “pleading” to describe the types of prayer that arise as we find ourselves on the wrong side of God’s judgment. When was the last time you poured out your heart like water before the Lord? When was the last time you pleaded with God over your sin, your family, your children, or your finances? This type of prayer is not done in a quick manor, but it is done as we go into our prayer room, close the door, and bow before God. If you spend some time in the prayer room today, it just might keep you out of God’s court room, tomorrow.