oh so great

Home church had ended our study of the bible stories commonly told in Sunday school, we of course went to Dairy Queen to digest blizzards everything we had been discussing for the past several weeks. I got to thinking, even though we as a church had finished studying something together I still needed to continue diving into the greatest book ever! The question in my head was “what am I supposed to study and how do you even study on your own?” The answer is Jesus, God, Bible. It may seem like the “typical/basic church answer” that answers almost every question, but it really did answer the question(s) that I was asking myself. I needed to develop my relationship with Jesus by asking God what I should study in the Bible. So I asked. The book Lamentations came to my mind, I thought to myself no one ever reads this book why should I? {it turns out I was mixing Lamentations with Leviticus} do not get me wrong, even if no one studies a book it is in the bible for a reason and God breathed the words so we ought to study every book, no matter how hard it might be. So I began to read the book of Lamentations {contrary to my confusion}. I started at the beginning and nothing really stood out to me, but I kept reading because God doesn’t randomly tell us things just so we can sit do nothing with them. I felt He wanted me to read this book for a reason… and like always God doesn’t disappoint. When I got to chapter 3 of Lamentations I paused…Great Is Your Faithfulness… in my ESV version of the bible the title of Lamentations 3 is Great Is Your Faithfulness. I thought “okay this right here is something that is already talking” as I began to read the words they went from talking to screaming. I read the struggles of the people, relating to some and just pondering on others. As I read through I began to see the heart change in the people as I was reading their lamentations.

Change of heart is defined as “a reversal of one’s feelings, intentions, opinions, etc.”

The people went from soaking in their sorrows to drying off in the warming love of the Lord. They began to take their situation and recognize the goodness of God. They realized their situation may be deep but His faithfulness and love is so much more consuming. As I kept reading I realized that these people are me. I sometimes just sit in my sadness and sorrow and think to myself “I will ever get myself out of this.” and I guess that is the truth because Jesus is the one who comes and rescues us, we can not do it on our own. He did it when He died for us and does it when we call out to Him.

Psalm 34:17  “The righteous cry out, and the LORD hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles.” 

I thought to my self as I was reading the negative sides of situations, I need to change these into the truths that the Lord declares and I need to speak them into my own life. So here is some of the truths the Lord led me to for a couple of the verses.

Lamentations 3:8b “he shuts out my prayer.”  Sometimes I feel like my prayers are not heard or feel ignored but I take heart in the fact that God knows all things and holds us so gently yet firm in His hands. 1 John 3:20 “If our hearts condemn us, we know that God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything.”

Lamentations 3:9b “he has made my paths crooked.”  Yes we all do venture off the well beaten path into ways that are so crooked we cannot see what is right in front of us, but hold onto this truth. Proverbs 3:6 “in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”

I try my hardest to make the situations good on my own but without looking into God’s word and taking His truths to heart I will never be satisfied. After letting the Lord work in me and change my heart during my reading time I moved onto the verses exhibiting His praises. I take several and relate them to the other truths that the Lord has spoken.

Lamentations 3:31 “For the Lord will not cast off forever.” I ponder on the truth that God has been, is, and always will be forevermore. Psalm 48:14 “For this God is our God for ever and ever; he will be our guide even to the end.”

Lamentations 3:32b “according to the abundance of His steadfast love.” How much greater can a love get than to last forever? How much more can a person love another than to die on a cross, something that we all so rightly deserved? Psalm 136 His Steadfast Love Endures Forever.

Lamentations 3:34-35 “To crush underfoot all the prisoners of the earth to deny a man justice in the presence of the Most High.” God’s presence is all around us and we can put our swords down in the aspect of serving our own justice because… 2 Thessalonians 1:6-8 “God is just: He will pay back trouble to those who trouble you and give relief to you who are troubled, and to us as well. This will happen when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven in blazing fire with his powerful angels.  He will punish those who do not know God and do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus.”

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How great is our God? oh so great. How great is His love? oh so great. How great will His justice be? oh so great. How great is His righteousness? oh so great. And how great is His faithfulness? OH SO GREAT.

I took the time to listen to the Lord. I read what I thought would be crazy but what He knew to be right. Jesus is there we only need to be still. Putting faith in what to read may seem small for some but for others, like me, it was something that had to be done. Let me tell you the truth it was a little hard to do, because I do struggle with knowing what the Lord actually wants me to do, but I rest in the fact that His scriptures are the truths that need to be spoken so as long as I listen He will talk.06689cf7a0fed2ae8de02493aa9be49e

So Beloved I leave you with these truths the Lord has spoken in to my life in the hopes that He speaks in marvelous ways to you.

One Rendition of the song Great is They Faithfulness.

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