11 My eyes fail from weeping, I am in torment within; my heart is poured out on the ground
because my people are destroyed, because children and infants faint in the streets of the city.
A sense of horror is found in this chapter’s verses with the next verse showing why the writer is weeping so greatly.
12 They say to their mothers, “Where is bread and wine?” as they faint like the wounded in the streets of the city,
as their lives ebb away in their mothers’ arms.
Why did this destruction happen, causing such torment within, with his heart is poured out on the ground. What is the cause?
14 The visions of your prophets were false and worthless; they did not expose your sin to ward off your captivity.
The prophecies they gave you were false and misleading.
As it is today we have those who tell us what was once known as sin is no longer sin. They are like the false prophets and what they tell us is false and worthless. Even worse, it keeps us from addressing our own sins and sin life which easily leads to ever more and greater sin as well as complete and total separation from God.
28 Furthermore, just as they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, so God gave them over to a depraved mind, so that they do what ought not to be done. 29 They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips, 30 slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents; 31 they have no understanding, no fidelity, no love, no mercy. Romans 1
Imagine if you will a culture that holds gossiping and slandering as normal. A culture that holds parades in honor of gossiping and slandering, celebrating such activities. Those who practice such demanding acceptance and that their activities be tolerated. Then later demanding everyone accept such activities as normal. That is our culture today and they continue to invent ways of doing evil.
What are we to do? Prayer is the answer in many ways. Matthew Henry said
Prayer is a salve for every sore, even the sorest; a remedy for every malady, even the most grievous. Our business in prayer is to refer our case to the Lord, and leave it with him. His will be done. Let us fear God, and walk humbly before him, and take heed lest we fall.
It’s Friday, have a Great Weekend and spend time in prayer and God’s word. Remember to Go To Church, worship our Creator, join in corporate prayer, and in study of His word.