Do you have troubles, or is your life without any kind of trouble? Is that a silly question? Probably so. Everyone has their own share of trouble, heart ache, pain, sorrow, and grief. If not right now; sometime, and probably soon.
Jerusalem was overthrown, Jeremiah the prophet which wept for the city and the people, grieving for them, and for their return to the LORD was in despair. O how the people of God need to despair over sin, and particularly our own. Let us hear the prophet’s grief…
“See, O LORD, that I am in distress; my soul is troubled; my heart is overturned within me, for I have been very rebellious. Outside the sword bereaves, at home it is like death.
“They have heard that I sigh, but no one comforts me. All my enemies have heard of my trouble; they are glad that You have done it. Bring on the day You have announced, that they may become like me.
“Let all their wickedness come before You, and do to them as You have done to me for all my transgressions; for my sighs are many, and my heart is faint.” Lamentations 1:20-22 (NKJV)
The loss of the city of Jerusalem is due to the sins of the prophets [false], the priests, and the people. They were a rebellious people, and their rebellion brought them grief. Let us not look at Jerusalem and think or say, “Well, they got what they deserved. How could a people be so blind?” Yeah! We can think that until we look into our own heart and mind.
Even those of us redeemed through the blood of Jesus Christ, born again, with the promise of everlasting life can be so cruel, cold, and stubborn that we are blind to our own sin. God help us. Let us always consider ourselves, before we cast a stone.
Brethren, if a man is overtaken in any trespass, you who are spiritual restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness, considering yourself lest you also be tempted. Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ. For if anyone thinks himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceives himself. But let each one examine his own work, and then he will have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another. For each one shall bear his own load. Galations 6:1-5
Our ultimate gaze should be upon Jesus. He, the perfect, sinless, spotless Lamb of God who died to free us from sin and its condemnation. Look to Him in your time of trouble.