The 3 am phone call

 
This is right in the middle of Lamentation chapter 3, a chapter full of the author crying out in anger and anguish before God, calling God his enemy, feeling like God has a quiver full of arrows aimed for him – “He is a bear lying in wait for me, a lion in hiding; he turned aside my steps and tore me to pieces; he has made me desolate; he bent his bow and set me as a target for his arrow.” ‭‭Lamentations‬ ‭3:10-12‬ ‭ESV‬‬.  Have you ever felt this way?   Have you ever felt like God is against you?  When, as the author wrote, God seems like a bear, just waiting to eat me up and spit me out.  When it seems as though instead of a loving father, we serve a monster God, lying in wait for us to take a wrong step so He can tear us to pieces.
We all have our dark moments.  Those times when it feels as though the entire world, God included, is against us.  These feelings are always wrong.  The world is not against us.  God is certainly not.  This is one reason we need Godly men and women in our lives.  If you are surrounded only by people who do not have the knowledge of the God of love and mercy, what hope are you going to find during your dark times?   Who is going to be the light in your darkness??   Will the phone calls you make lead you out of the feeling that you are all alone, or farther into it?  To steal a line from one of our political leaders, just who do want to have answering your 3 am phone calls when you are under attack?  Are they just going to join you in your pity party, or are they going to remind of the point the writer comes to here – “The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in him.”” ‭‭Lamentations‬ ‭3:22-24‬ ‭ESV‬‬

He is not against you. His love never ceases.  We do not serve a monster God.  Even when we are in dark places, doing dark things.  All that happens in the dark WILL come into the light.  And when that happens, that’s when we can truly learn about his mercy and love for us.  That’s when our OPPORTUNITY comes to actually meet Him in a position when we might actually listen to Him.  When we might actually be receptive to the salvation being offered.  His mercies are new every morning, not given today and gone tomorrow.  More like given today, given tomorrow, given yesterday, given every day.  His grace is eternal and everlasting.  No matter how many times we screw it up, there is always a new day full of his love, grace and mercy waiting for us.
So, again I ask, who is your 3 am phone call, and where are they going to lead you?

 

John Lewis

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