To See the Wrath of God

Read the Bible in a year by reading Lamentations 3-5 today.
Jeremiah saw things that hopefully none of us shall ever see. He lamented,
I am the man who has seen affliction by the rod of His wrath.
He has led me and made me walk
In darkness and not in light.
Surely He has turned His hand against me
Time and time again throughout the day. (Lamentations 3:1–3)
Jeremiah saw the mighty destructive power of the Babylonians, but he also saw his own people persecute him. God sent the Babylonians, and in a way, God sent Jeremiah’s persecutors, which is why Jeremiah spoke of God leading him in darkness and that His hand was against the prophet. Why did the people persecute Jeremiah? They persecuted him because he preached the word of God to them, which they did not want to hear. So, they persecuted him because of God, which was like saying God sent the persecutors.
Imagine all that. You see your city destroyed, and then, instead of your fellow citizens running to you because you have the word of God, they run against you. In that sense, Jeremiah suffered even more than his fellow Jews did. How sad.
Yet, Jeremiah would not compromise. He remained loyal to the Lord till death. That is how we must be, for then we shall be where Jeremiah is right now, no longer in a sad place, but in the comforting presence of God.

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