My Eyes Flow with Rivers of Tears

Joseph Holbrook, Jr.

READ : Lamentations 3:37-51

For most of the members of the church of Jesus Christ, the sentiments expressed in our reading today are puzzling. Jeremiah was going to go to heaven, wasn’t he? We have so absorbed a religious way of thinking that is personal, individual, spiritual (meaning heavenly) that the decline and fall of the Church might be a shame, “too bad,” but not much more.

For Jeremiah the fall of Jerusalem was a heartbreaking event because he saw a light going out in an already dark world. He recognized the third promise of the covenant with Abraham, “Through you all nations of the earth will be blessed.” Isn’t that a thrilling thought? Through your congregation, and mine, and those of all of us, light, joy, peace, prosperity are to come to the whole world. All this and heaven too. Is it any wonder that Jeremiah’s eyes flowed with rivers of tears when he saw all this falling apart before his very eyes.

It is Isaiah, who at a moment of crisis, calls on the people of God to do something special. In the 62nd chapter of his prophecy, it says, “Upon your walls, O Jerusalem, I have set watchmen . . . take no rest and give him no rest until he establish Jerusalem and makes it a praise in the earth” (Isa. 62:6,7).


That is our prayer too, Lord. Establish Your church and make her a praise in the earth. For the sake of Your Son, Jesus. Amen.