Weekly Devotion

Weekly Devotion
Week of 6/26/23 by Pastor Jason
Lamentations 3:39-40
“Why should any living mortal, or any man, offer complaint in view of his sins? Let us
examine and probe our ways, and let us return to the Yahweh.” (LSB)
NONE of us have any right to complain to God about our lot in life, much less any circumstance
we find ourselves in as we journey through this life. In light of our sin and rebellion against God,
any life we have, no matter how wretched it seems, is a mercy extended to us from the hand of

We must all remember, when we are confronted with all of the circumstances of this life, that the scriptures are clear in regard to our guilt and the fact that we all deserve nothing good from God. There is none righteous, none who seeks after God. All of us are wicked and every
thought and intention of our hearts is only evil continually. (Romans 3, Genesis 6)

Because of this, we deserve death, disease, destruction, pain, and wrath from God.

We don't always get this from him though. He is good to all both the wicked and the righteous
and shows his kindness to both the saint and the sinner. Jesus tells us this in Matthew 5:45,
“He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the

We know also that the call of the gospel goes to all men as well. That God commands all men
everywhere to repent and the kindness of God shown to all men everywhere is meant to lead
men to repentance.

God is a good God. If he cares for all men everywhere in this manner, how much more does he
care for his people? If he is kind to the wicked and unrepentant, how much sweeter is the
fellowship of God with those who repent and believe the Son, who have eternal life in Christ?

We don't affirm and enjoy and thank God for evil or evil circumstances we face in life. But we
do thank God that, for the repentant, those who are in Christ, he causes all things to work
together for our good and his glory. This should be enough to keep us thankful and focused on
the beauty of God in the midst of trial and tribulation.

God will never leave you nor forsake you. He will keep his hand upon you and give you grace
to ensure, Christian. He will show his strength in the midst of your weakness. He is good.

We should remember this reality the next time we start to complain about the circumstances of
life that come our way. Instead of complain, we should raise our hearts and hands in thankful
adoration to the God who saved us and keeps us and will bring us into eternal glory on that day.