Lamentations 5:9-16a (JDV)
Lamentations 5:9 We secure our food at the risk of our lives because of the sword in the open country.
Lamentations 5:10 Our skin is as hot as an oven from the ravages of hunger.
Lamentations 5:11 Women have been raped in Zion, virgins in the cities of Judah.
Lamentations 5:12 Princes have been hung up by their hands; elders are shown no respect.
Lamentations 5:13 Young men work at millstones; boys stumble under stacks of wood.
Lamentations 5:14 The elders have left the city gate, the young men, their music.
Lamentations 5:15 Joy has left our hearts; our dancing has turned to mourning.
Lamentations 5:16a The crown has fallen from our head.
Lamentations tells it like it is, and the truth is not pretty. It is not comforting to know all the atrocities and suffering that happen. Many people today avoid watching or reading the news because they don’t want to be reminded of all the bad news. Some even make it a point to unfriend anyone who complains on social networks.
Where does God stand on that issue? Does he call on us to only come to him with the positive and encouraging in our lives? Nope. He even dedicated an entire book in his Scripture (this one) to the expression of grief and outrage of those who are suffering. His complaint department is open for business.
Thank you Lord, for opening your heart and listening to our complaints.