Lamentations 1:12 Is it nothing to you, all ye that pass by? behold, and see if there be any sorrow like unto my sorrow, which is done unto me
Lamentations 5:15 The joy of our heart is ceased; our dance is turned into mourning.
Lamentations 5:21 Turn thou us unto thee, O Lord…
In the book of Lamentations, we see a prophet’s heart. We see his tears, and we see his brokenness. As Jeremiah looked at the state of God’s people, and of his nation, he sees the reality of what it is, despite what could have been. He sees the brokenness. He sees the destruction. He sees the sin. He sees emptiness. He sees a people who has forsaken the Lord. But here’s what we see in the passage above: though he’s surrounded by it, he’s not gotten used to it. He’s not like that frog in the water. It still bothers him. It still causes him to weep. It still causes him to do what he can about it.
I think about our day, and what’s going on in our churches, our country, and in the world. I wonder—if Jeremiah lived today, and observed the state of much of Christianity, or the evils of our day, would he address us as he did his people in the passages above? Would our life’s pursuits, our passions, or our prayer lives drive the prophet to ask us, “Is it nothing to you?” I’m afraid that in my own life at times, he might. I fear that because we’re around certain things so much, we can become numb to it, and that things that should bother us, no longer do.
My prayer this morning is that this year, I won’t get used to some things. Might we never get used to the fact that our country murders close to 2,000 babies every day. Might we not get used to the fact that the Sodomite lifestyle has gained victory after victory, and that our country has become a cesspool of abominable immorality, and it’s glamorized from the schoolhouse to the white house. Might we not get used to the broken homes, or the fatherless children in cities like Milwaukee where have certain demographics show 70% are born without a father in their life. Might we not get used to the refugee crisis, where thousands of children are killed, abused, homeless, and starving today. Might we not get used to the stories we hear from our missionaries of the abused, neglected, and starved. Might we not get used to the lethargic, complacent, and declining state of Christianity in our country. Might we not get used to the gains the enemy has made and continues to make. And finally, might we never get used to the sin in our own hearts and in the heart of Christianity.
I fear that if Jeremiah walked by today, and watched our sports passion, our sports cars, our fads, our games, our spending, and then observed our Bible reading, our intensity in prayer, our demeanor in church and throughout the week, and then observed the state of Christians and the lost in our country, he might ask, “Is it nothing to you?”
I observed a lady in our church during the special song not too long ago. She has a rough background. She was in a correctional facility not too long ago. She had lost her children because of some bad choices. But praise the Lord she was saved and has been faithful to church. She’s at prayer meeting. She’s at soul winning. She’s at evening services. She’s at fellowships. But during the song service, the soloist was singing the song, “It’s such a privilege to know the Lord.” About the second chorus, she lost it. She was weeping. She was being consoled by one of the other good ladies in our church. And it was convicting. Here’s a lady who has not gotten used to some things. Many of us that have been in church for longer and should have a sweeter relationship with Him sat there, with straight faces, because we’ve gotten used to some things that should still move us. I say that to say, there are some things (good and bad) that I pray I won’t get used to. And my prayer is that if Jeremiah observed my life this week, he’d say, “It’s something to him.”
If I have one regret, it is that I should have done more. Go out there and spend time with your children.
One reason we refuse to release bitterness towards others is because we think it is our right.