No one today likes to talk about judgment or affliction. I do not like talking about it, preaching about it, and I really get no joy from reading Jeremiah; or any of the prophets; or preaching their writings and prophecies of darkness and gloom; but I must not neglect the counsel of the LORD. The preacher must preach the “Whole counsel of God” (Acts 20:27). If the preacher does not preach the whole counsel of God he would be better off shutting God’s book, setting down, and never say another word; until he repents.
In the days of her affliction and roaming, Jerusalem remembers all her pleasant things that she had in the days of old. When her people fell into the hand of the enemy, with no one to help her, the adversaries saw her and mocked at her downfall.
Jerusalem has sinned gravely, therefore she has become vile. All who honored her despise her because they have seen her nakedness; yes, she sighs and turns away.
Her uncleanness is in her skirts; she did not consider her destiny; therefore her collapse was awesome; she had no comforter. “O LORD, behold my affliction, for the enemy is exalted!” Lamentations 1:7-9 (NKJV)
In all of our lives; just as with Jerusalem; we remember the days when we had it good. We remember the pleasant thing, and we wonder why we now suffer affliction. Did we thank God during the pleasant things, for the pleasant things? Did we remember to render to Him what was His? The days of worship? The days of feasting? The days when we were blessed financially, spiritually, or in our health, and all things material?
Why did Jerusalem – Judah and Israel – fall? “Jerusalem has sinned gravely…” was the reason. They had forsaken God, His covenants, His word, and turned to other gods, that were no gods. Now they were under the affliction of the enemy.
Christian Church; let us consider these words. Could it be that many a Christian, and many a Church has gotten to the place where we have a heart like the pre-captive state of Judah and Israel? God will not forsake us. God will not destroy His temple. God would not allow us to go into captivity. Look out.
Any one without the chastisement of God does not belong to Him (Hebrews 12:6-8). And NO! The gates of Hell cannot prevail against the Church, but the sins of her people will be judged.