Lamentations 1:19 (NLT)
19 "I begged my allies for help, but they betrayed me. My priests and leaders starved to death in the city, even as they searched for food to save their lives.

In Lamentations the miseries of Jerusalem are being laid out before God. The city is laid in ruins as most of the people have been taken as prisoners. The few who are left wander around looking desperately for food. They have begged their allies for help, but they have deserted them in their time of need.

Proverbs holds some wise verses for living, “People curse those who hold their grain for higher prices, but they bless the one who sells to them in their TIME OF NEED; A friend is always loyal, and a brother is born to help in TIME OF NEED; Those who shut their ears to the cries of the poor will be ignored in their own TIME OF NEED.” Like those in Lamentations there comes a time when everyone has a time of need. And when those they count on desert them in that time of need, it is called betrayal. It is as though the ones they could count on have become their traitors. You can see in today’s world as people look at the cost of rising gas prices they feel the gas companies and government are becoming traitors to the common people. But are we also failing others in our own lives to help and reach the needy? Do we minister to those in need or those seeking out Christ? Pray that we may not betray those who have a time of need. Pray we may give time of ourselves to help others and share the love of Christ.