Jeremiah 14:1-9 Cry Out to the Lord

2014.10.16 12:26

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Jeremiah 14:1-9 Cry Out to the Lord

 

Jeremiah witnessed the people of Judah under horrible conditions brought on by drought and famine in the land, and people killed by sword and diseases.  He saw people mourning, lamenting, and crying.  Even animals had nothing to eat and had to abandon their newborns.  Drought was so severe that the whole nation suffered even the rich and the nobles.

 

Jeremiah was devastated to witness such horrible suffering.  He felt betrayed by God and struggled with doubts about God.  He called God a stranger, traveler, confused, and mighty warrior who cannot save. (vs 8-9)  

 

Have you suffered or witnessed suffering that caused you to question God – his existence, his identity, his intent, his power?  Suffering tears down all pretensions and false niceties of spiritually sounding excuses.  In those times, God wants to hear your heart, even your doubts and fears.

 

Jeremiah also pleaded with God for his help and repented for his people in verse 7 saying, “Though our iniquities testify against us, act, O Lord, for your name’s sake; for our backslidings are many; we have sinned against you.”  He asked God for his grace and mercy because of who God is.  He reminded God that “you, O LORD, are in the midst of us, and we are called by your name.”  He cried out, “Do not leave us.” (vs 9)  Jeremiah poured out his heart to God out of compassion for his people.

 

When was the last time you poured out your heart to God because of compassion for others, for our church, for our community, and for our country? 

 

When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or command the locust to devour the land, or send pestilence among my people, if my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.  (2 Chronicles 7:13-14 ESV)

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