We Abandon God

Lamentations 3:31-33

For the Lord will not
    cast off forever,
but, though he cause grief, he will have compassion
    according to the abundance of his steadfast love;
for he does not afflict from his heart
    or grieve the children of men.

I have previously written about Lamentations, Chapter 3, verses 25 through 27.  In that post I wrote about seeking God and the consequences of your actions.  I then followed that post by writing about verses 28 through 30, which was about taking the responsibility for the consequences of your actions and then learning from those consequences.

Now today I want to write about the three verses at the beginning of this post, Lamentations, Chapter 3, verses 31 through 33.

Jeremiah is telling us that even though we commit sin, make errors and bad judgements, this doesn’t eliminate us from being with God.  It does not mean we forfeit the ability to have God in our hearts.

For the Lord will not cast off forever,

To me, it is not that God casts us off, but rather we cast off God.  We lose sight of God, we allow the world, pride, lust, and covetousness to blind our hearts while we deviate from our path of righteousness.  In verse 32 Jeremiah writes:

but, though he cause grief, he will have compassion
    according to the abundance of his steadfast love;

God does not cause us grief.  We bring grief upon ourselves, by unrighteous acts, by the consequences of our bad decisions, and by sin.  Sometime our grief is a consequence of our reaction to matters beyond our control, things we don’t understand.  But grief is ours to own.

God is always right in front of us.  God is always with us.  We lose sight of God and wander, suffering the grief we place upon ourselves by our actions.  God cannot abandon us as God is a part of every breath we take.

for he does not afflict from his heart
    or grieve the children of men.

With these words Jeremiah is telling us that we cause our own grief.  We punish ourselves through the consequences of our actions.

God is with us every day and never casts us off.  We abandon God and wander from the path of seeking God.  When we wander from this path we bring ourselves grief.  But no matter how far we stray, we can still find God, if we look and seek with our hearts.

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