Things to Remember When You are Experiencing the Chastisement of God (Part 3)

Praying Through the Bible #90

We are looking at the subject of prayer in the book of Lamentations. Lamentations is a book of mourning written by the prophet Jeremiah after the nation of Judah had been conquered and carried into captivity by Babylon. In Lamentations chapter 3, we find 12 things to remember when God is chastising us as He chastised the children of Israel.

We have looked at the first six things from this passage, and they are as follows:

1. Pray with the understanding that God is still in control
2. Remember that, in God, you have strength and hope
3. Realize that if you are still alive, God is showing you mercy.
4. Determine to remember the experience of chastisement.
5. Choose to get humble and stay humble.
6. Never stop trusting God through the period of chastisement.

Today, we are going to look at the next three things to remember when God is chastising us.

1. We must remember that it is good to sometimes experience silence. Verse 26 says, “It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the Lord.” When we sit in silence before God, we have an opportunity to ponder our lives and our actions, to meditate on God’s Word, and to make inner changes that will bring about God’s blessings in the future.

2. We must remember that it is good to suffer now in order to prosper later. Verse 27 says, “It is good for a man that he bear the yoke in his youth.” In the Bible, the yoke is a symbol of heavy burdens. In Jeremiah 28:2, the prophet refers to the “yoke of the king of Babylon” which God would place on His people as punishment for their idolatry.

3. We must remember that it is God’s will to restore us to fellowship with Him. Verses 31-33 read, “For the Lord will not cast off for ever: But though he cause grief, yet will he have compassion according to the multitude of his mercies. For he doth not afflict willingly nor grieve the children of men.” Many people, when they are in the heat of chastisement from God, throw up their hands and begin to think and act as though all is lost, as though God is through with them, when that is not the case at all.

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