• The Lamentations of Jeremiah Devotional

    Lamentations 1:1–14

    Loving our enemies is the most difficult call that the Lord has laid upon us. It is hard for us to seek justice in a manner that is not vindictive or that truly wishes for an offender to benefit as a result of his punishment. Books like Lamentations show us that rejoicing in justice and righteousness do not preclude mourning for those who suffer because of their sin. Loving sinners means that we seek justice when appropriate, but it also means that we mourn for those who have gone astray. View Resource

  • A Call for Recompense Devotional

    Lamentations 1:15–22

    John Calvin comments that the way to peace with God is “sincerely to confess that we are justly visited by his judgment, and also to lie down as it were confounded, and at the same time to venture to look up to him, and to rely on his mercy with confidence.” Speaking for Jerusalem, Jeremiah confessed the people’s sins and then asked the Lord to keep his covenant promises to protect the remnant. We, too, are to confess our sins and appeal to the Lord’s promise to save us in Christ. View Resource

  • A Futile Striving Devotional

    Lamentations 2:1-5

    Because our Lord is slow to anger, we should not live in fear that He is always about to “get us” because of our sins. At the same time, we should understand that if we harden our hearts persistently, we may provoke Him to take up arms against us. As those who bear the name of Christ, we must endeavor to live up to this profession, which means that we work to follow His way and repent when we fall short. View Resource

  • The Lord Keeps His Word Devotional

    Lamentations 2

    Our Creator never fails to keep His promises. Even when the fulfillment of His Word seems slow in coming, we can nevertheless be assured that He has not forgotten it. We must also never be so prideful as to think that God only means part of what He says in Scripture and that He needs us to figure out what we should take seriously. If we pick and choose like the ancient false prophets did, then we will be well on our way to destruction. Let us believe all of God’s Word. View Resource

  • Hope Amid the Ruins Devotional

    Lamentations 3:22–33

    The necessary response of a holy God to sin is wrath, not love. That means that the Lord’s choice to love His people is not the same as His choice to pour His wrath upon the impenitent. His choice to issue judgment is a necessary one based on the nature of the one being judged. His choice to love us is unnecessary and based wholly in Himself. We can trust Him to love us even when we fail and know that nothing—not even ourselves—can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus. View Resource

  • Knowing Yourself Devotional

    Lamentations 3:40–66

    Are your work habits, spiritual duties and beliefs, recreational habits, etc., in accord with God’s will? Choose one area in question to focus on this week. Search the Scriptures for biblical principles to guide you. After you’ve studied relevant verses, what does your conscience tell you concerning your behavior? View Resource

  • A Final Plea for Restoration Devotional

    Lamentations 5

    Prayer is a vital sign that our relationship with God is true and strong. The desire to call upon the name of the Lord can only be granted by the Lord Himself, and so when we pray to Him with sincerity, acknowledging our sins and hoping in His mercy, we demonstrate that we remain in His hand. Prayer also looks forward in hope to the future God has for us. In asking Him to be with us and meet our needs, we show our confidence that the best is yet to come. Are you discouraged this day? Pray. View Resource