A Harvest of Good
“She defiled herself with immorality and gave no thought to her future. Now she lies in the gutter with no one to lift her out. “Lord, see my misery,” she cries. “The enemy has triumphed” (Lamentations 1.9 NLT).
Traditionally, Jeremiah is believed to have written the sorrowful, poetic book of Lamentations. It is suggested that Lamentations was written shortly after the fall of Jerusalem in 586 B.C. Along with the other prophets, Jeremiah had spent much of his young life warning God’s Chosen People of their consistent disobedience to God’s commands. Instead of heeding God’s conviction through the prophets, God’s people ignored them and continued to forsake God with no thought to their future repercussions. God’s anger in this situation is perfectly inline with His love. Out of His love, He had to discipline a people who no longer listened to His warnings by allowing the full effect of their negative choices to cave in on them. God’s People lost everything. God knows that as Christians we will always makes mistakes, and because of His amazing grace, He forgives us. However, what ignites God’s righteous anger is when He convicts us of our sin, and we do not heed the promptings of the Holy Spirit. We reap what we sow, and God desires that all His children reap a harvest of blessings. And He will warn us when our actions today are creating disasters for tomorrow.
“Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. Whoever sows to please their flesh, from the flesh will reap destruction; whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life” (Galatians 6.7-8 NIV).