Lent Devotional: Day 25
Read: Lamentations 5:16-22
Thy Kingdom Come
But you, O Lord, reign forever. (v.19)
In spite of our careful planning, circumstances sweep through our lives that are painful and traumatic. The cancer returns, more aggressive this time; a new regime closes its country’s borders to foreign adoptions; gas prices reach record highs, making that long-anticipated vacation out of reach. In these moments, the winds of adversity whip our gold-painted paper crowns from our heads, and we discover with disorienting clarity that we are anything but in control.
Jeremiah, writing from his pile of ashes in the middle of the desolation of Jerusalem, concludes his Lamentations with this bitter reality: “The crown has fallen from our head” (v.16). Houses are burnt, the temple has been ransacked, the people are exiled and all of the king’s and priests’ attempts to rule have failed abysmally. From the depths of his mourning over Jerusalem, Jeremiah lifts up Israel’s confession: “Woe to us, for we have sinned” (v.16). Despite military displays, political alliances and political pronouncements, God still wears the true crown.
In whose kingdom will you live today? Your kingdom or the kingdom of God? Are you making your plans or listening to God to get in step with him? Let us act with Jeremiah and relinquish our crowns and our efforts to control our lives and the lives of people around us. Let us humbly acknowledge that God wears the true crown: “But you, O Lord, reign forever” (v.19). When God wears the crown, we can rest sure in his kingdom. —Cody Raak
Prayer: Your kingdom come; your will be done on earth as in heaven