Lamentations 3:52-57 stood out to me today...
My enemies, whom I have never harmed,
hunted me down like a bird.
They threw me into a pit
and dropped stones on me.
The water rose over my head,
and I cried out, “This is the end!”
But I called on your name, Lord,
from deep within the pit.
You heard me when I cried, “Listen to my pleading!
Hear my cry for help!”
Yes, you came when I called;
you told me, “Do not fear.”
I don't know if you've every felt the way Jeremiah does here, but I have an idea of how he must have felt. I have had to deal with feeling like those who I had loved (not enemies as in this case) were casting me into a pit. I've been where it feels like it doesn't matter what you do, there is no good outcome and you will be cast out. That feeling of betrayal. I can't say that I am completely healed from the damage of the "dropped stones" yet. Sometimes I still feel like I'm calling to God from deep in that pit. But I keep holding on the those 3 words - "Do Not Fear" - and know that someday all the damage caused by the "enemies" will be gone and I will be refined by the fire.
Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage: Obadiah 1, 2 Kings 25:22-26, Jeremiah 40:7-41:18