Lamentations 5:21 (KJV)
Turn thou us unto thee, O LORD, and we shall be turned; renew our days as of old.
Here is a powerful lesson. When God does the turning the person is turned.
- It wasn’t the turning of the priest he prayed for
- It wasn’t the turning of the scribe he prayed for
- It wasn’t the turning of the prophet he prayed for
Jeremiah, the penman of the book of the Lamentations, prayed for the turning of the Lord.
Years ago, I heard Carl Hatch confess that many of the souls he had “led to Christ” were really his own converts and not the Lord’s. He said the difference was that those who had been converted of the Lord went on in newness of life (my words here) where the ones he had converted said a prayer and were not changed.
John 15 tells us that God is gloried when we bear much fruit. But recall that the illustration is of the branches of a tree. They do no discernible work. Theirs is completely the process of letting the life of the roots flow through them. If the root dies, the tree does too. It has its life solely of the vine. When the vine is active in the branches, the natural thing is that the branch bears fruit.
We must learn to trust the Lord. He is at work if we would just rest in Him enough to see it.
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Lamentations 5:21 When the Lord Does the Turning
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