Woe Unto Us

The joy of our heart is ceased; our dance is turned into mourning.  The crown is fallen from our head: woe unto us, that we have sinned!

Lamentations 5:15-16

As I was reading through this passage, one part jumped out at me: “woe unto us, that we have sinned.”  That seems to be the consensus among people who finally see God face to face.  When a person stops pretending and trying to justify their actions and attitudes, they seem to take on the same thought process: “woe unto us, that we have sinned.”  Look at the other examples in the Bible of people who came face to face with God:

1. Job
-“I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear: but now mine eye seeth thee.  Wherefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes.”  (Job 42:5-6)  Job wasn’t a “bad person,” but when He saw the Lord, He realized just how sinful he really was.

2. Isaiah
-“In the year that king Uzziah died I saw also the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up… …Then said I, Woe is me! for I am undone; because I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips: for mine eyes have seen the King, the LORD of hosts.”  (Isaiah 6:1,5)  Isaiah was one of the greatest prophets of the Old Testament.  But when he saw the Lord “high and lifted up,” he said “woe is me.”

3. John
-“And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead.”  (Revelation 1:17a)  John, the beloved disciple, fell on his face “as dead” when he saw the Lord.

These great men were not immune to realizing their own sinfulness when confronted with the holiness of the Lord.  There are also many others that we could mention.  They realized it in this passage in Lamentations.  “Woe unto us, that we have sinned.”  How often do we really attempt to get a glimpse of God’s holiness?  How often have we fallen on our faces before Him and confessed, “woe unto me, I have sinned?”  Should it be more often?

4 responses to this post.

  1. I think I need to to say “woe is me, I have sinned” more often, Ben. It gets too easy to think, “I haven’t done anything that bad. . .” God bless you as you continue to bless us and lead us to Him.


  2. Thank you, Ben

    I’m getting plenty to eat over here lately.

    (Not sure what I’d do if I was Job but I’m grateful for the example he lived.)

    What Deb said.

    Blessings and a thousand thanks,


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