October 29

Lamentations 1:1-2:22; Philemon 1:1-25; Psalm 101:1-8; Proverbs 26:20

God cares about our tears. The Book of Lamentations is all about what Jeremiah was feeling about seeing Jerusalem invaded and destroyed. God allowed a whole book in the Bible to record all of Jeremiah’s feelings.
As people of faith, we do not rely upon our feelings but we cannot deny them either. Feelings are a part of the human experience and we cannot ignore them. We feel real hurt and pain when tragic things happen. We feel joy and pain. The key for all of us is to make certain that our feelings never override our faith.

Jeremiah had the painful task of telling Israel about God’s impending judgment. He had to obey God but it did not negate how he felt about what God told him to do. You can walk by faith to the degree that your feelings don’t stop you from obeying God. God understands our feelings but know that the best path for us is to trust Him not our feelings.

Tomorrow’s Reading: Lamentations 3:1-66; Hebrews 1:1-14; Psalm 102:1-28; Proverbs 26:21-22

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