OUR DAILY BREAD 6 FEBRUARY 2020 MINISTRIES DEVOTIONAL — Mercy’s Lament

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OUR DAILY BREAD 6 FEBRUARY 2020 MINISTRIES DAILY DEVOTIONAL — Mercy’s Lament

Our Daily Bread Ministries Daily Devotional

OUR DAILY BREAD 6 FEBRUARY 2020 MINISTRIES DAILY DEVOTIONAL

(Thursday February 6 2020 )

TOPIC: Mercy’s Lament

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Bible in a Year:

Exodus 39–40

Matthew 23:23–39

My heart is poured out on the ground . . . because children and infants faint in the streets of the city.

Lamentations 2:11

Today’s Scripture & Insight:

Lamentations 2:10–13, 18–19

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MESSAGE:

Her father blamed his illness on witchcraft. It was AIDS. When he died, his daughter, ten-year-old Mercy, grew even closer to her mother. But her mother was sick too, and three years later she died. From then on, Mercy’s sister raised the five siblings. That’s when Mercy began to keep a journal of her deep pain.

OUR DAILY BREAD 6 FEBRUARY 2020 MINISTRIES DEVOTIONAL

The prophet Jeremiah kept a record of his pain too. In the grim book of Lamentations, he wrote of atrocities done to Judah by the Babylonian army. Jeremiah’s heart was especially grieved for the youngest victims. “My heart is poured out on the ground,” he cried, “because my people are destroyed, because children and infants faint in the streets of the city” (2:11).

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The people of Judah had a history of ignoring God, but their children were paying the price too. “Their lives ebb away in their mothers’ arms,” wrote Jeremiah (v. 12).

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We might have expected Jeremiah to reject God in the face of such suffering. Instead, he urged the survivors, “Pour out your heart like water in the presence of the Lord. Lift up your hands to him for the lives of your children” (v. 19).

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It’s good, as Mercy and Jeremiah did, to pour out our hearts to God. Lament is a crucial part of being human. Even when God permits such pain, He grieves with us. Made as we are in His image, He must lament too!

By: Tim Gustafson

OUR DAILY BREAD 6 FEBRUARY 2020 MINISTRIES DEVOTIONAL

Reflect & Pray

How do you handle the painful situations in your life? How might it help you to write it down and share your journal with a friend?

Dear God, I’m hurting because of ____________________. You see my grief. Please show Your strength in my life today.

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