Jeremiah Thought of the People First

Read the Bible in a year by reading Lamentations 1 today.
To appreciate the deep sadness of Jeremiah as he wrote his lamentations, picture your city virtually destroyed by an army. Almost all the people are either dead or in captivity in another land. The prophet began by wailing,
How lonely sits the city
That was full of people!
How like a widow is she,
Who was great among the nations!
The princess among the provinces
Has become a slave!
(Lamentations 1:1).
The first words out of the prophet’s mouth were not lamentation over the destruction of the city or the temple, but the absence of most of the people. It is the people that make up a city and its places of worship. Remove the people, and even leave everything intact, and you no longer have a city.
We sometimes complain about the abundance of people, but what if the Lord granted our wish and He removed all the people. Is that what we want? Let us acquire the heart of Jeremiah that we may love people, understanding that they are the creation of God. Let us especially lament when there are fewer people in a church.

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