Help Me Jesus To Learn From Others’ Mistakes

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Here’s Your 90 second AM Devotional!


Lamentations 1:7a

In the days of her affliction and wandering Jerusalem remembers all the treasures that were hers in days of old.


The writer of this book is Jeremiah, who has most often been referred to as “The Weeping Prophet.” He was labeled that because of his call by God to prophesy coming judgments over Israel for her sins. Of course, Israel did not listen and in the end, as Jeremiah had prophesied, she was taken over by Nebuchadnezzar and banished into Babylonian captivity for 70 years. Here Jerusalem looked back to what she had with remorse because she had willfully rebelled against a loving God and was now paying the price for her continual rejection of the Lord’s love.


Whenever I read stories like this in God’s Word, the first thing I think is, “Help Me, Jesus, To Learn From Other People’s Mistakes.” On other words, why should I make the same mistake as another individual who has messed up and is now paying for their failure? Why not learn from others’ mistakes and skip that failure yourself? Yet time and time again, I see history repeat itself. There it is, plain and simple in history; however, we often think, “Well, that won’t happen to me.” But sure enough, the same thing that happened to someone years ago still pays the same remorseful dividends today. Instead of that happening to you, why not join me today and just say, “Help Me, Jesus, To Learn From Other People’s Mistakes.”


Dear Jesus,

Help me this AM to learn from other people’s mistakes. Let wisdom role down on me so that I can be a blessing to others and not someone who messes up so bad that others say, “Help me, God, not to be like him.” Amen

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