Devotion Day 59; Through the Bible in 90 days

Day 59 – Lamentations 2:1 – Ezekiel 12:20 or if you did as I did, I’ll begin reading Lamentations and read it all today.

In the book of Lamentations we hear the author, hear God, lamenting how Jerusalem is deserted and its people are in exile because of their many sins.

Today is post-election day. We know most of the results of this year’s election; the votes have been cast and counted. It was a close fought race. Many today will be lamenting the results and many others celebrating the outcome of the different races. My prayer continues to be that God raise up leaders in each party who understand that we now have to set aside our patrician politics and find real solutions to the problems we face; unfathomable debt and deficit being a major issue before us as a nation. If we don’t’ find solutions to the problems we face. If we don’t’ turn to God and seek God’s guidance in all that is before us. Then a book of lamentations will be written about our day and our times and how the end came to the country we love.

Within Lamentations I did find a word of hope.

Lamentations 3:22-27 – (NIV)

Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed,
    for his compassions never fail.
They are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.
I say to myself, “The Lord is my portion;
therefore I will wait for him.”

The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him,
to the one who seeks him;
it is good to wait quietly
for the salvation of the Lord.
It is good for a man to bear the yoke
while he is young.

Friends our hope is to be in the Lord; not a political part, not a politician, not anything of this world but only in the Lord.

Hear this word from Lamentations 3:40-42.

Let us examine our ways and test them,
and let us return to the Lord.
Let us lift up our hearts and our hands
to God in heaven, and say:
“We have sinned and rebelled
and you have not forgiven.

So, may we seek God out and continue to pray unto God, asking God to work in the hearts of all those who have been elected to either continue to lead us or to lead us this day and may God work in our hearts as well. This post-election day one, may we get on our knees and seek God out and ask God to work the miracle of his grace and love today.

In Ezekiel we continue to hear God’s frustration with his people. I’ll be commenting more on Ezekiel the next few days.

O Lord, I’m not confident that our votes cast yesterday will lead to real solutions, so I turn unto you and put my hope in you the one who has worked miracles in the past and can in the present. I know the fall of Israel, Judah, and Jerusalem came about because of their sin and I know we are a people full of sin as well. Help us as a people and as a nation repent of our sin; trusting in ourselves and our ways and then turn to your holy ways. You’ve delivered your people in the past when they turn to thee, may we as a nation and as a people do this even today. Amen.

Next Reading Day 60: Ezekiel 12:21 – 23:29

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