Have you ever tried to be with someone who didn’t want to be with you? You did everything you could to make them love you but they kept ignoring you.
The fact is that they couldn’t love you because of how they felt about you and maybe even another reason. You could give them gifts and spend every dime you have on them but they would still ignore you.
Some will love you as long as the gifts are there and the money keeps coming in. I remember having friends who were good friends as long as I bought them beer or liquor, but when these things stopped, they went elsewhere to find what they wanted. Also when trouble would arise many friends would hit the road. They would leave you there to deal with the problem yourself. They simply didn’t want to be bothered with any of your problems.
At a time in the history of Israel, this is what happened with God and His own children. God sent Jeremiah to preach to them, but they refused to listen. God had blessed them above any other people, but yet they forgot God. They went about their daily lives as if nothing mattered but their own desires.
God Calls out for Those That Love Him
Lamentations 1:19 I called for my lovers, but they deceived me: my priests and mine elders gave up the ghost in the city, while they sought their meat to relieve their souls.
God called for those who love Him, but they are no longer there. They had left Him and went on their own merry way. Their desires had overcome their love for God. There was no praise in the gates of the city nor was there any music or lifting up of hands to Him. They had decided to just stay away from Him. God who had delivered Israel from the life of slavery, is now rejected and cast aside.
Lamentations 1:1 How doth the city sit solitary, that was full of people! how is she become as a widow! she that was great among the nations, and princess among the provinces, how is she become tributary!
Jeremiah is known as the weeping prophet. He would look upon the city of Jerusalem and weep because of the transgressions of the citizens. He likened the city as being a widow who had lost her husband. She is lonely, desolate and depressed. There is no longer any comfort for her. Her one and only love has now departed.
Jerusalem, once they refused to listen to God, is that widow. The selfishness of the people will become their downfall. If they would only love God as they loved their own selves. God loves to bless and give. This is His nature. He would give all He has to those who love Him. He simply asks for love in return. Just as those who we wanted to be with but wanted nothing to do with us, God is the same with Jerusalem.
Lamentations 1:2 She weepeth sore in the night, and her tears are on her cheeks: among all her lovers she hath none to comfort her: all her friends have dealt treacherously with her, they are become her enemies.
The widow weeps sore at night. Her heart is broken because of the loss of her husband. Tears wash her face continually. No one could comfort her like her former husband. Her friends have left her in her despair and want nothing to do with her. She is all alone.
The Silent Lover
I explored the earth completely
Requesting faith and love
My heart falters within my bosom
I seek them from above
My lovers hide their faces from me
At times when I am near
Their hearts are far removed
And saturated with fear
Carnality keeps them separate
My sayings they do not hear
Calling out in my seclusion
Trying not to interfere
I will not always contend with man
Teaching him my manners
My conducts are above their ways
I am the great planner
How long will I speak. . . be met with stillness
My bride nowhere to be found
To be ignored by those who proclaim
They are no longer bound
To hear the sound of adoration
Temperate as a dove
My existence is searching the earth
Seeking my silent love.
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