Lamentations 3:39-41 (ESV)
39 Why should a living man complain,
a man, about the punishment of his sins?
40 Let us test and examine our ways,
and return to the Lord!
41 Let us lift up our hearts and hands
to God in heaven:
The verses for today outline a common theme that the prophets would declare to the exiled nation of Israel. Their sin and rebellion produced a stubborn heart which eventually lead them to be enslaved by a foreign nation. The same can happen to us.
It’s not likely that another nation’s army will invade your home because of your sin, but having a liberal approach to God’s way can lead us to a slavery of the mind, heart, and soul.
This is an example of one of Heaven’s paradoxes. Sin says “Be free and surrender to YOUR own way”, but in the end you end up a slave. God says, “Be holy and surrender to MY way” and as a result you will find liberty!
Ask the Holy Spirit today to reveal to you any areas of your lives that you have not surrendered to God. If you return to God in this way God will lead you into a greater level of liberty while at the same time leading you away from being a slave to sin!