Why Should Any Man Complain in View of His Sin?

Text: Lamentations 3:39-40

The book of Lamentations is a lament over the condition of God’s people on account of God’s dealings with them for their sins. Jeremiah warns them that they have no right to complain, despite their great suffering, because they had no one else to blame for their condition.

God’s People Were Suffering Rightly for Their Sins

  • God gave His law, showing them what they should do – the people rebelled against Him
  • God sent His prophets, warning them to return to the Lord or face punishment – the people refused to listen

Man’s Tendency to Complain

  • Man often complains that circumstances in life are not fair
  • Even when one is suffering for his own actions, one will often complain that his actions did not warrant the severe consequences – the punishment does not fit the crime
  • Jeremiah warned the people not to complain about their condition because of their sin

When We Sin, We Are in No Position to Complain about the Consequences & Punishments for Sin

  • We have an advantage over the ones to whom Jeremiah was prophesying – we have the completed revelation from God
  • We have been told that “the way of the treacherous is hard” (Proverbs 13:15) – Why should we complain when we face negative consequences in life for our sinful actions?
  • We have been told that sin separates us from God (Isaiah 59:2) – Why should we protest when we sin & it results in a breaking of fellowship with God?
  • We have been told that “the wages of sin is death” (Romans 6:23) – If we do not receive forgiveness from God for our sins, we will have no right to complain in the end if we are lost

Rather Than Complain about the Consequences & Punishments for Sin…

  • Examine and probe our ways” (cf. 2 Corinthians 13:5)
  • Return to the Lord” (cf. Acts 8:22-23)

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