Rely On The Lord’s Love Lam. 3:19-33, 37-39 Aug. 28
have been married for 51 years and I know I am loved. There is peace
satisfaction in that knowledge. On one occasion about 20 years ago I
wife if she thought I loved her and she answered, “Jim, I know you love me.” You
know that made me feel good. I want my wife to know I love her. I want
in my family to know I love them. Why? Because it is wholesome to know
loved. It is easier for us to love others if we Rely On The Lord’s Love.
on the Lord’s . . Faithful Love.
The text talks about painful, pleasing, and purposeful memories as the
people relied on the Lord’s love. Do you believe
God loves you? Several years
ago in our Bible School a teacher told the class God loved them; and
one boy said,
“No one loves me.” How sad, but that boy
came from a home were alcohol
prevailed. He got beaten more than he was told he was loved. In our
text, as they
remembered God’s love, even in the
painful times they could remember this fact
of His love. As they reflected on the Lord’s faithful love they
pleasing times. They could look back over their lives and see the Lord’s purpose.
2. Rely on the Lord’s . . Foreseeable Love. Lam. 3:27-30
you ever related to your life and realized God was at work and you
could see how He was working toward the future? If you believe our
God is in charge, you can be confident He works all things together for
Our foreseeable future is not only a matter of the Sovereign, but also
of the self.
Many times hindsight is easier to recognize than foresight. If we get
out of the
way, we may more easily see what the Lord is doing. Sometimes Israel
got in the
way just like we do. When we get in the way and God allows it so we
from that experience and in the future stay out of His way.
on the Lord’s . . Forceful Love.
Do you recall a time of forceful punishment from your parents? Back then
I thought my mom or dad was mean. Today I am
grateful they loved me enough to
discipline me. God loved Israel enough to discipline her and through
that to bring
her more in line with His purposes. When we disobey and just flat out
should not be complaining when we receive chastisement from the Lord.
received times of judgment from the Lord. Why does the Lord do things
is it because He dislikes us? No! He does that because He loves us. We
respect and Rely On The Lord’s Love. Amen? Amen!
I am sorry I do not have more of an outline; if I find it soon I will add it to this link.