“Yahweh, remember what has happened to us.
Look, and see our disgrace!
Our inheritance has been turned over to strangers,
our houses to foreigners.
We have become orphans, fatherless;
our mothers are widows.
We must pay for the water we drink;
our wood comes at a price.
We are closely pursued;
we are tired, and no one offers us rest.” (Lamentations 5:1-5)
Lamenting is a part of life. We all have times in our lives when we weep and lament. Jeremiah was one who knew all to well about lamenting. He wrote an entire book on it. His life and ministry was one of seeing suffering and hard times. Seeing God’s people suffer and lament made Jeremiah cry out to God for mercy. Jeremiah cared for the people and called out to God for mercy in such trying times.
Today we forget sometimes that it is a part of the life of God’s people to lament. As long as we are on this earth, we will deal with suffering and pain. We will be worn down and feel crushed by the weight of this world. But we have the option and the ability to cry out to God in those times.
Whether this week we are going through physical suffering, emotional suffering, spiritual suffering or a mix of them, we can cry out to God. We can tell Him our pains and hurts. We can share our sufferings with Him. If we are struggling with that this week, let us call out to Him.