Lamentations 1:14 A Heavy Weight

“My sins have been bound into a yoke; by his hands they were woven together. They have been hung on my neck, and the Lord has sapped my strength. He has given me into the hands of those I cannot withstand.” Lamentations 1:14

During the time of the Babylonian takeover of Jerusalem, the people were under much suffering. The Babylonians did not treat them well, though they did allow them to live. The city had been destroyed and the people were in great misery. As Jeremiah sees this, he is weeping, lamenting, because he feels the weight of all the sin that brought on this destruction.

Sin is something that looks and sounds like fun, but it carries a heavy weight to it. People often think that they can handle their own sin, especially those ‘little’ sins.

It is commonly thought that what does it matter if one tells a little lie? Or if one cheats his neighbor a little bit? Or if one just breaks a little rule once in a while? It really does not affect anyone is what most think. And besides, God will understand.

The truth is that any sin, big or small, has a weight that no one can really bear up under. That weight is the weight of death. It will take away all strength from a person, pulling their head down to the grave as though a millstone was hung on his neck. It is bound tight to the person’s neck as a yoke is placed on an animal, that only the master can remove.

Jeremiah had faithfully followed God, but was feeling the weight of the sins of the people. All those sins took a toll on his body and zapped all of his strength.

Even today, if you live in sin, it will take your strength away from you. You will be constantly looking over your back to see if you will be caught in that sin. Fear will keep you awake through the night because death will be knocking on your door. The weight will be more than you can handle.

The good news is that you do not have to bear that weight any more. You can hand it over to Jesus. Turn from the sin and He will get rid of it. He paid the price of death for your sin.

As you turn from your own sin, weep for the sins of others. Lead others to Jesus to get rid of that enormous weight.

I pray today that God will help you turn from all sin; that you will know the freedom Jesus can give you from your sin; and that you will tell others about Jesus.

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Isaiah 46:4 Who Sustains You?

Even to your old age and gray hairs I am he, I am he who will sustain you. I have made you and I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you. Isaiah 46:4

Everyday most people will eat several meals a day to keep going. The amount of food that a person eats is usually different for each person. A lot of it depends upon how active the person is and what his activity is.

The football player during football season will eat a very large amount of food. He needs to be able to sustain his muscles and strength during the rigorous training or games. The person who works in an office at a computer desk, will eat very little to sustain his energy. He is exerting very little physical energy, while exerting a lot more mental energy. The sustenance is found through the type and amount of food being eaten.

Going through life can be very challenging. At times a person may wonder how he will ever make it through some tough situation that has come upon him. People look to many different things to give them the strength to keep going. Some of these things may be alcohol, smoking, other people, drugs, more things to do, medicine, spending money, and the list is endless.

Israel had been going through some very tough times, yet God says it was He who made them and will sustain them through it all.

As a believer, God is the One who will sustain you. He has the power and the ability to hold you together when things are going rough. Allow God to pick you up and carry you through the storms of this life.

This does not mean there will be no storms or problems in this life, it just means He will carry you through it all. God is the one who will rescue you from all troubles.

There will be a day when God calls you home to heaven for all eternity with no more sorrow, pain, suffering or death. Until that day, He will hold you and sustain you. God is the nourishment that you need to keep your energy up for this life. Hold onto Him and trust Him.

I pray today that you will know God’s presence in your life; that you will know God is carrying you; that you will eat of God’s Word; and that you will be strengthened by His Holy Spirit for the struggles of this life.

Isaiah 40:30-31 How To Get Renewed Strength

Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. Isaiah 40:30-31

Everyone has days of weariness. The business of things to do, places to go, and people to see gets to a person and they begin to slow down. It does not matter the age of a person, because given enough time and work, they will get weary.

Watch a young child running and playing. It appears as if he will never slow down or come to a stop. He runs on the Energizer battery, he just keeps going and going and going and going. But if one watches long enough, even that young child runs out of energy. Little children are known for all of a sudden laying down in the middle of the floor and going to sleep, or falling asleep with their face on the plate at the dinner table. Their energy has given out.

Isaiah says that there is a way to have more energy and strength. There is a way to have it renewed. It is found in having hope in the Lord.

Going through this life can be very wearisome. It can drain the energy of a person, especially when things are not going so well. It appears that you do good over and over again and again, and do not seem to get any good results. Things still go wrong and you get weary and want to quit. Most of the world will quit.

To keep going and renew your strength, focus on the Lord. Find the hope you have in Him. Keep in mind that one day Jesus will return and take you to heaven where there will be no more sorrow, pain or suffering.

As you focus on that, you will have the needed energy and strength to keep going. You will be able to soar above others in this world. You will be able to run and not get weary. You will walk on in the heat and not faint.

The reason you can do this, is because you know that in the end you will win with God on your side. Hold on to that hope in the Lord and renew your strength.

I pray today that you will personally know God; that you will know the promises God has for you; that you will trust God’s word to you; and that you will know the strength God can provide.