“He has caused the arrows of His quiver to enter into my heart, the seat of my affections and desires.” Lamentations 3:16 Amplified
The book of Lamentations describes the destruction of Jerusalem, it’s believed that the author is Jeremiah the prophet. He starts out the book mourning the loss of the city, lamenting about what caused the destruction. God’s hand points to the Israelites and their sin against Him as to why He allowed this to occur. In the third chapter Jeremiah describes his feelings about it all, our verse today states it felt as though it was a physical pain.
For believers today, especially in America, we can read this with our country in mind and feel the same heartbreak. Though all seems bad and appears to be a lost cause, God gives encouragement. In verses 3:22 – 26 the word says, “It is because of the Lord’s mercy and loving-kindness that we are not consumed, because His tender compassions fail not. They are new every morning; great and abundant is Your stability and faithfulness. The Lord is my portion or share, says my living being, my inner self, therefore will I hope in Him and wait expectantly for Him. The Lord is good to those who wait hopefully and expectantly for Him, to those who seek Him, inqure of and require Him by right of necessity and on the authority of God’s word. It is good that one should hope in and wait quietly for the salvation, the safety and ease, of the Lord.”
As with Jerusalem, if America, the people, turn from their wickedness and their lack of reverence for God He will restore.
God forgive us.