The One Year Devo

August 27

LAMENTATIONS 2:1-4:22

Last school year, my wife shared with my daughter's kindergarten class a feelings chart. It was a series of pictures that could help the kids identify their emotions. The book of Lamentations is Jeremiah giving full vent to his emotions. As he says in 2:11, "My eyes fail from weeping, I am in torment within; my heart is poured out on the ground because my people are destroyed." Jeremiah is being honest before God with how he is feeling at the destruction of Jerusalem and the exile of Judah. One of the lessons from this book is that we need to take our emotions to God. Jeremiah doesn't keep them to himself or even find people to validate them, he instead goes to the throne of God which gives him a necessary perspective in the midst of the sorrow. "This I call to mind and therefore I have hope: Because of the Lord's great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness (Lamentations 3:21-23)." God handled Jeremiah's emotions and can deal with ours as well, while also helping us to see the hope, joy, and peace which he offers. Be honest with how you are feeling and go to the God who can provide the perspective to see beyond the circumstances of the day.

Father God, help me to run to you in all situations. Help me to not hide from you but instead be completely honest with how I am feeling and what I am thinking. Thank you that you are always with me to comfort and give me hope. Amen.

Question: How well are you in touch with your emotions and how often do you invite God into how you are feeling?

Posted by Derek Newbery at 03:00