Why is my pain unceasing, my wound incurable, refusing to be healed?Jeremiah 15:15-18
Truly, you are to me like a deceitful brook, like waters that fail.” vs. 18
Jeremiah had been called to be a prophet of God and he had accepted the call. He would call the people of Jerusalem to repentance and to turn from their idolatrous ways. He devoured the words the Spirit laid on his heart and then discovered that no one paid the least bit of attention. The nation continued its reliance on foreign entanglements and turned away from the Lord – and Jeremiah was deeply disappointed, not so much in the people, but in God. He had expected to be soothed by his commitment to the Lord but instead he had found pain and disappointment. His feeling is not uncommon among those who try to be faithful to the call of God. Even followers of Jesus can find themselves disappointed with the results of their labors. Things don’t always go as we wish and sometimes our prayers can sound a lot like the laments of Jeremiah. We come seeking the water of life and discover that the brook has gone dry, and that there is nothing to slake our thirst. Fortunately, we are never left alone. The One who has called us to faithfulness will not desert us when our wanderings take us into the wilderness. Ultimately our joy is restored and we discover springs even in the desert.
Thought for the Day: When am I most likely to lament my call?