Scripture: Jeremiah 14-17. Click here to view full scripture.
Observation: What was going on in the Bible at this time?
God was sending a drought on Judah and refusing to answer the people’s prayers for rain. Jeremiah continued with his description of judgment to come upon the people. God had rejected their pleas and cries for help because they did not repent; they only wanted God’s rescue. The people wanted God to do His part, but they did not want to do their part. Jeremiah started to take his eyes off of God’s purposes and was feeling sorry for himself; he accused God of not giving him a hand when he truly needed it. God did not get angry with Jeremiah; rather, He answered Jeremiah by rearranging his (Jeremiah’s) priorities. Two types of people are contrasted in Jeremiah – those who trust in other human beings and those who put their complete trust and faith in the Lord God Almighty. Follow along in Jeremiah 14-17!
Application: How can we apply this to our lives?
Jeremiah had interceded for the people, asking God if Judah’s repentance would also bring his help. God knew the people’s hearts, and they were insincere and stuck in their own ways. Their only hope was to turn back to God, just like He is our only hope in this fallen world. They people only wanted God to do His part; they did not want to do their part. Jeremiah, at one point, had believed that God was not helping him when he needed it the most. He had taken his eyes off of God’s purposes in life and was feeling sorry for himself. However, God did not grow angry with him; God answered Jeremiah by rearranging Jeremiah’s priorities. We can express our thoughts and feelings to God, for He hears us when we pray to Him. God wants us to completely rely upon Him, putting our complete trust and faith in Him, no matter what. Also, just like Jeremiah, we, too, are here to influence others for God, spreading the Good News to everyone around us. God is our strength, our refuge, and our fortress. We can call out to Him in our times of need – at any time, for that matter. When we put our complete trust and faith in our Heavenly Father, He will give us abundant strength, not only for our needs but for the needs of others, as well. We must ask God to help us fight through our temptations in life, for we do not want to continue in sin. God is waiting with open arms for His children to repent, ask for forgiveness, and turn back to Him.
Prayer: What can we pray for in regards to these passages?
Heavenly Father, Thank You for the examples and stories that You have placed in Your Word for us to learn from. Thank You for the Book of Jeremiah and the lessons that come from each chapter. Father, we know that we are sinners, and we ask for Your forgiveness. Please help us to always follow Your ways for us, obeying and praising You through all circumstances in our lives. Please help us to love and obey You wholeheartedly. Please help us to love our enemies and to forgive those who have hurt us, as well. Please be with those who have rejected You, and help them to return to You, Father, before judgement. Help us to treat others with kindness, and help us to show the same traits to others as You do, following Your example. Help us to trust in Your care and provision in each of our lives. Even though we do not always get what we want in life, we know that You know what is best for us. Please help us to draw near to You, and please protect us from giving in to the pressures of this fallen world. We want to live Godly lives. When we face struggles in this life, Father, please help us to call upon You. Help us also to be more compassionate toward others who are struggling in this evil world, as well. Help us to be Your hands and feet in this world, and guide us in the right paths for our lives. Help us to trust in Your timing for our lives, and help us not to grow impatient. We thank You for Your son Jesus who died to free us from the slavery of our sins. Thank You for the unique gifts and talents that You give to each one of us; help us to work in unity with others to accomplish Your plan. Thank You for the promise of one day living in eternity with You. Please guide and protect us, our friends, families, pets, and our brothers and sisters around the world who are suffering. We love You and thank You for everything. – in Jesus’ name we pray, amen.