SATURDAY 25TH JANUARY, 2020
THERE IS HOPE
TEXT: LAMENTATIONS 4:13-22
KEY VERSE: “The anger of the LORD hath divided them; he will no more regard them: they respected not the persons of the priests, they favoured not the elders” (LAMENTATIONS 4:16).
When Oliver Conwell sat for his portrait, the artist proposed that he cover a disfiguring wart by resting his head on his hand. The blunt protector said gruffly, “No, paint me as I am, warts and all”. The tragic condition of Judah was as a result of their drifting into sin without giving heed to the warnings of Prophet Jeremiah and seeking help where there is none. They became polluted and unclean before the heathen.
The lofty posture of Judah did not deter God from accomplishing His fury on them. It is wandering like blind men in the streets for the people of God to be blood-guilty and still hope they will find their way to safety. God matches sin with judgment, but true repentance attracts mercy and loving kindness. He promises through the prophecy of Jeremiah that Judah’s captivity would come to an end when the purpose of divine chastisement is accomplished.
Conformity to sin is catastrophic. God’s door of mercy is open to all who will repent of them. There is no benefit in covering up sin or seeking salvation where there is none (Acts 4:12). Our salvation is in Christ Jesus. To be free from captivity and reproach of sin, you must come to God as you are, “warts and all” – for total cleansing.
Don’t paint a portrait that covers your true self, either as a priest or parishioner, leader or laity, minister or member, shepherd or sheep, pastor or preacher. Show yourself “warts and all”, and divine mercy will locate you.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: There is no hope for a sinner outside Christ.
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