Pastor Tim Romero
Lamentations 2:19 (ESV): 19 "Arise, cry out in the night, at the beginning of the night watches! Pour out your heart like water before the presence of the Lord! Lift your hands to him for the lives of your children, who faint for hunger at the head of every street."
Hardships are meant to bring us closer to God. When we suffer chastisement or affliction it is to draw us closer to the Lord. Never flee from the presence of God. He is our hope and comfort in all things.
After the children of Israel we're taken captive many were carried away into captivity but more were left behind. These folks were in dire straights. There was no food, their homes were ransacked and the Temple was destroyed. What were they to do, after all this was ordained by God? The writer of Lamentations (perhaps Jeremiah) declares, "Arise, cry out in the night. Pour out your heart like water before the Lord. Lift up your hands" and seek help from your God on behalf of your children. The answer was run to the Lord.
Where does a child go for comfort after being disciplined by his father? To his father. Even though he was the source of his pain, he is also the remedy. How much more should we, after being disciplined by God, run to Him for comfort, peace and restoration. Don't run from God, run to Him! He loves you and desires nothing but good for you. Cry out to Him, pour your heart out, lift your hands to Him, He will gladly come and comfort and console for He cares for You. Don't let the fact that He disciplines you stop you from seeing Him as the God of all comfort. Run to the Father, amen?
Father, we thank You for being available to us all the time. Even after you chastise, You are ready to console and comfort. You are a good Father and You do whatever is necessary in our lives to reveal that. May we never run from You even after being disciplined. May we run to You alone for if we do we will be met with love, peace, and comfort and an opportunity to reconcile to You. No other person or thing can do what You can do. Let us never forget that we pray in Jesus' name, amen.