Have you ever had a day like this?
Like ol’ lamenting Jeremiah( who was actually young), the weeping prophet who truly had much to weep to the Lord about while in His service?
Have you had a bad day? Or two? or three?
How about if you were told from an early age that God knit you together in your mother’s womb…to begin at a rather early age – until the end of your short life – to have a rather miserable day everyday, in God’s service according to His purpose for you?
Broken glass and bent nails…for telling nothing but the truth on God’s behalf according to God’s own purpose. Still feel like you had a bad day today? Or maybe facing one tomorrow… a little bit? Do you think God left Jeremiah in that position without strengthening him? Jeremiah’s fear was that maybe He would…but He didn’t.
Take out your bible, turn to the Old Testament. Blow the dust off that old scroll with Jeremiah’s name on it. If you ever feel like you’ve had a wounded life so far, open the book of Jeremiah and start reading. You will always find a friend in Jeremiah who is waiting, willing, and ready to commiserate with you. You have a Friend in Jesus, very true…but also in Jeremiah.
14Heal me, O Lord, and I shall be healed;
Save me, and I shall be saved,
For You are my praise.
The Lord had just told him the misery He was about to bring on Judah, after Jeremiah had been complaining to the Lord about how all the of the kingdom’s noblemen, false prophets and nobility, had been threatening Jeremiah that if he didn’t shut up with God’s word they were going to kill him to shut him up. In the mean time, they continued to revile and ridicule him for speaking the truth directly from Almighty God, Himself! God was speaking through Jeremiah, warning of doom He was about to bring down on them for the nation’s unrepentant evil and complete horrors they perpetrated. God made it clear that He knew there was not one who was guiltless of this evil and horror, in all of Judah. Except for His Prophet, Jeremiah.
15 Indeed they say to me,
“Where is the word of the Lord?
Let it come now!”
They didn’t believe Jeremiah because: They didn’t want to believe him, simply put.
16 As for me, I have not hurried away from being a shepherd who follows You,
Nor have I desired the woeful day;
You know what came out of my lips;
It was right there before You.
17 Do not be a terror to me;
You are my hope in the day of doom. (Jeremiah 17: 14-17)