We’ve all been there. Feeling the heartache and the disappointment of shattered dreams and expectations. When we lose our faith in ourselves and in others, we can easily lose our faith in Christ. We start to doubt if He sees our pain. We doubt if He hears our sobbing and our grief and we begin to harden our hearts to the idea of things getting better.
Reading Lamentations 1:1-6 reminds me that God is not hard towards our pain, but rather He sees it and weeps with us. He remembers our joy and our resilience and His heart aches while ours aches.
“Bitterly she weeps at night,
tears are on her cheeks.
Among all her lovers
There is no one to comfort her.
All her friends have betrayed her;
They have become her enemies.” –Lamentations 1:2
God sees you, He saw Jerusalem in her pain. His chosen people had slowly turned away from Him, they did things on their own strength, and felt the pain and the consequences of that. In the New Testament, the disciples were no different. In Luke 17:5-10, we see them coming to Jesus, pleading for more faith. Faith isn’t really the issue here. Jesus speaks to their fears and their motives saying, “If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, ‘be uprooted’, and it will obey you.” (Luke 17:6).
When things are not going in a way that is pleasant or comfortable, we often ask God for more faith. In reality, if we have even enough faith at all to come to the foot of the Father—we have enough to endure. What we really crave is peace. We crave an easy road in this world. An easy road is not what we have been promised. The promise that we’ve been given is that Christ will never leave us or forsake us. That knowledge reinforces our faith and enables us to endure, overcome and accomplish great things.
My prayer is that I will not be like Jerusalem! I pray that I will not flee in weakness from my enemies (Lamentations 1:6), but that I will hold fast to my small, yet strong, faith and push forward in my calling. I pray the same for you.