I recently finished reading the book of Jeremiah and then went on the read Lamentations. In my quiet time the other morning I read the last verses.
19 You, Lord, reign forever;
your throne endures from generation to generation.
20 Why do you always forget us?
Why do you forsake us so long?
21 Restore us to yourself, Lord, that we may return;
renew our days as of old
22 unless you have utterly rejected us
and are angry with us beyond measure.
I think this is a great prayer for us as individuals, families, communities and as a nation. At the end of Jeremiah, Jerusalem falls and is overtaken. At the end of Lamentations, the author is asking God for restoration as a nation.
I believe we could all ask for restoration in some aspects of our lives. I believe our nation is not far different from that of Israel. We as a nation have put up idols in the place of God. We have wandered away from the biblical principals on which our nation was founded. Only approximately only half of all marriages survive. Father figures are slowly disappearing from the family. Prayer is slowly becoming less important in our lives.
I pray God has not utterly rejected us as a nation or as a world. I pray revival would happen in my family, neighborhood, community, city, state, nation and world. God has reigned forever and will continue to reign.
But it is up to us to turn back to God and include Him as the center point of our lives, families, cities, nation, world and churches.
1 Blessed is the man
who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked,
or set foot on the path of sinners,
or sit in the seat of mockers.
2 But his delight is in the law of the LORD,
and on His law he meditates day and night.
3 He is like a tree planted by streams of water,
yielding its fruit in season,
whose leaf does not wither,
and who prospers in all he does.