Bible Book: Lamentations

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Restore Us, Lord, to Yourself! A Devotion for Good Friday

In the book of Lamentations we read a simple prayer: “Restore us to yourself, O LORD, that we may be restored.” This prayer assumes that only God can mend our relationship with God.

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Asking the “Why?” Question

The biblical witness gives us the freedom to ask in our time of suffering and uncertainty: “Why, God? Why?”

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Messianic Hope and Deep Disappointment

Beneath the people’s disappointment in their king was an even deeper disappointment in God. The book of Lamentations expresses this disappointment, and in so doing encourages us to be honest when we feel disillusioned by God.

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Being Honest with God in Prayer

Time and again, the Bible invites us to be fully honest with God. No matter what we’re thinking or feeling, we can talk openly to God about it

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Sharing Your Suffering with Others

There is a sacred connection that happens when we weep with those who weep, and when we allow others to weep with us in our sorrow.

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Meeting Jesus in Our Suffering

In our times of pain, God supplies, not only hope, but also the Holy Spirit, who reassures us of God’s presence, love, and grace.

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Trusting God in Suffering

How can I trust God when I’m suffering?

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Great is Thy Faithfulness

God’s love for us is steadfast even in times of loss and sorrow.

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Here’s a Wild Ride!

Sometimes faith in God can be comforting and reassuring. Sometimes, however, it can be a wild ride.

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Is God My Enemy?

When we go through times of suffering and disillusionment, it can feel as if God has abandoned us. Worse still, it can seem as if God has become our enemy.

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Permission to Grieve

Scripture gives us permission to grieve. Though offering plenty of hope and comfort, the Bible provides many examples of godly people expressing their sadness openly and freely.

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Whose Sins Should We Confess?

Though some are quick to point fingers of judgment at others, Scripture teaches us to attend to our own failures and shortcomings.

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Does God Make Us Suffer?

Though God’s ways are often hard to understand, God’s love for us is utterly reliable.

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Yes, Life is Hard

The biblical book of Lamentations recognizes the hardness of life.

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Lamentations in Lent

God wants to hear what is real in our lives, including our struggles and disappointments.

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