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When God is as an Enemy

Scripture Passage: 
Lamentations 2:1-5

Introduction:  Before salvation, we are the enemies of God (Romans 5:10).  At salvation we are reconciled through the finished work and righteousness of God’s Son (Romans 5:10).  Yet there are times, even in the Christian life, where it seems as though God has become as an enemy.  In this passage, Jeremiah relates God to an enemy because of His wrath on Judah.  Though we are saved from the fullness of God’s wrath, we still have experiences in this life that seem as though the Lord Himself has turned on us.

  1. IN TIMES OF CHASTISEMENT 
    1. God’s Dealings with Your Sin
      1. God’s chastening tends to be despised (Job 5:17; Proverbs 3:11; Hebrews 12:5)
      2. God’s chastening seems to be grievous (Hebrews 12:11)
    2. God’s Revelation of Your Sin (Psalm 94:12)
      1. God has not yet revealed to you all of your sins.
      2. God desires to continue to work on you throughout your life.
      3. Some men grow weary when God pulls back the curtains of their heart to reveal a sin they had not previously been convicted for (Psalm 139:23-24).
  2. IN TIMES OF TRIAL 
    1. Trials Appear to be the Absence of God’s Presence (Psalm 6:3-4; Psalm 13:1)
    2. Trials Appear to be the Absence of God’s Favor (Psalm 79:5; Job 2:3-9)
  3. IN TIMES OF SILENCE 
    1. Silence Causes the Child of God to Feel Equal with the Wicked (Psalm 28:1)
    2. Silence Causes the Child of God to Feel Alone (Psalm 35:22)

Conclusion:  Are you in a time of life where it seems as though God has become as an enemy?  You can rest assured that He is not an enemy and that He is with you.  The chastisement of God, the trials of life and the times of silence are ordered of the Lord out of love for you to encourage you to go on for His name’s sake.  Will you follow?

Andrew Ray

Daily Proverb

Proverbs 21:25

The desire of the slothful killeth him; for his hands refuse to labour.