BEING A PROPHET IN Israel wasn't an easy gig. That's the understatement of the year. Most of the men God called were expected to boldly bear the bad news of God's displeasure with the attitudes and sins of His people.
BEING A PROPHET IN Israel wasn't an easy gig. That's the understatement of
the year. Most of the men God called were expected to boldly bear the bad
news of God's displeasure with the attitudes and sins of His people.
One such prophet often found himself in the pit of despair.
Oh, that I had died in my mother's womb, that her body had been my grave!
Why was I ever born? My entire life has been filled with trouble, sorrow,
In my youngest daughter's home, they have a funny response when someone in
the family lets out such a pitiful, despairing trill:
"You want some cheese with that whine?!"
But Jeremiah's plight was no laughing matter. Israel had been on a long
drift away from God. He had the dismaying task of pronouncing God's warning
of sure judgment if they didn't repent and turn back to Him in reverence.
That ancient man of God, unfortunately, is not alone with feelings like
that. Who hasn't struggled against the grain of God's mysterious,
unknowable ways, and found themselves discouraged and disillusioned? I
certainly have, on many occasions.
But it's precisely in such times that we must remember God's promise to
deliver and to provide. To stand by our side and bring comfort to our
troubled minds. That's His way. It always has been.
The same weeping prophet, bent low in despair, wrote these triumphant words
many years later:
"I know the plans I have for you," says the LORD. "They are plans for good
and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope."
Bewildered by God's timing in your recent financial setback? They are plans
for your good and not for disaster. Anxious about the results of the
biopsy? For I know the plans I have for you. Coming to terms with the
finality of your loved one's death? I want to give you a future and a hope.
Don't despair. God is still on His throne. Don't let your faith waver over
His plan. It is for your good and for His glory. You can trust Him.