Lamentations 1:12 “Is it nothing to you, all ye that pass by? behold, and see if there be any sorrow like unto my sorrow, which is done unto me… 5:15 The joy of our heart is ceased; our dance is turned into mourning. 5:21 Turn thou us unto thee, O Lord”.
Lamentations is a sad commentary. And yet it is convicting, for in its chapters I see Jeremiah’s spirit, and the reason for his crying and brokenness. But then I think to our day, and to what’s going on in our country, and around the world. And I’m convicted. I wonder if Jeremiah were to walk by today, and observed the state of much of Christianity, or the evils of our day, would he address us in like manner? Would the looks on our faces and the observance of our lifestyles and our prayer life drive the prophet to ask us, “is it nothing to you”? And yet, I’m afraid that in my life, he might.
My prayer this morning is that I won’t get used to some things. I fear that because we’re around certain evils so much, and because social media magnifies it and keeps it ever before us, that we can become numb. Might we never get used to the fact that our country murders 3,000 babies every day. Might we not get used to the fact that the Sodomite lifestyle has gained victory after victory, and that our country has become a cesspool of abominable immorality, and it’s glamorized. Might we not get used to the broken homes, and the poor among us, and fatherless children, where cities like Milwaukee have demographics where 70% are born without a father in their life. Might we not get used to the Syrian refugee crisis, where thousands of children are killed, abused, homeless, and starving today. Might we not get used to the stories we hear from our missionaries of abuse, neglect, starvation. And finally, might we never get used to the sin in our own hearts and in the heart of Christianity.
I fear that if Jeremiah walked by today, and watched our sports, our sports cars, our fads, our spending, our prayer lives, our demeanor in church and throughout the week, and then observed the state of Christians and the lost in our country, he might ask, “Is it nothing to you”? Might we remain broken over our sin. I observed a lady in our church during the special song yesterday. She has a rough background. She was in a correctional facility not too long ago. She had lost her children because of some bad choices. But praise the Lord she was saved, and has been faithful to church. She’s at prayer meeting. She’s at soul winning. She’s at evening services. She’s at fellowships. But during the song service yesterday, the soloist was singing the song, “it’s such a privilege to know the Lord.” There’s a phrase about not getting used to the fact that we can know Him. And about the second chorus, she lost it. She was weeping. She was being consoled by one of the other good ladies in our church. And it was convicting. Here’s a lady who has not gotten used to it. And so many of us that have been in church for longer, and should have a sweeter relationship with Him sat there, with straight faces. I say that to say, there are some things I pray I won’t get used to. And my prayer is that if Jeremiah observed my life this week, he’d say, “it’s something to him.”