They Flung Me Alive Into the Pit

Joseph Holbrook, Jr.

READ : Lamentations 3:52-66

Back in Jeremiah 38 we read how Jeremiah’s enemies lowered him into a cistern and left him there to die. In today’s reading we get a sense of the anguish of his soul as his own people treated him so rottenly. But what is noteworthy about Jeremiah’s words is that they see God acting in justice IN history, not AFTER history.

Most of the time we preachers offer comfort to those who are suffering because of their witness to Christ in terms of the future judgment seat of Christ. But Jeremiah is trusting the God who revealed Himself to Moses in Deuteronomy 27 and 28 to bring vengeance IN history. He says, “Thou wilt pursue them in anger and destroy them from under thy heavens, O Lord” (Lam. 3:66).

This word of the Lord speaks to men and women in high places of our nations today. Obeying God’s commands still brings peace and prosperity. Disobeying brings disaster. Peter gives us in the church the same kind of warning. In 1 Peter 4 he says, “For the time has come for judgment to begin with the household of God; and if it begins with us, what will be the end of those who obey not the gospel of God?” (v. 17).

The time to change our way of living is NOW.

PRAYER

Lord, bring revival and healing to the whole household of God. Give us hearts to respond positively to today’s prophets who call us to repentance. In Jesus’ name. Amen.