Jeremiah, the weeping prophet. This morning Jeremiah 11:5 started it out.
Then I will keep the promise I swore on oath to your ancestors to give them a land flowing with milk and honey. That is the very land that you still live in today. And I responded, “Amen! Let it be so, LORD!”
I was not really sure why that verse hit me. I suppose it is a foreshadow of the promise of heaven. I love Jeremiah’s response – “Amen! Let it be so, LORD!”
Then on to chapter 12. Jeremiah tells the LORD that He has always been fair whenever he (Jeremiah) complained. It is difficult to complain and yet very easy to complain. Is the opposite of complaining, thankfulness? If we practice thankfulness, do our complaints decrease?
Jeremiah saw the wicked and evil people prosper. “They always talk about you, but they really care nothing about you.” (Jeremiah 12:2). The idea is reminiscent of Psalm 73. I love the LORD’s answer – “If you have raced on foot against men and they have worn you out, how will you be able to compete with horses?” (Jeremiah 12:5)
It is difficult to even begin to share how deeply that has been used in my life in the past. And it is a good reminder today.
I attempt to monitor myself closely – body and mind. I am not always successful obviously but it is a good practice. Where in the cycle do you stand? Are you stagnant, moving out of, or moving deeper into the cycle? We can use past experience to predict future possibilities but even those are poor references.
Is God preparing you to compete with horses?