“Regardless of what we’re like, God, remember what you’re like.”

Ray Stedman takes us on a tour of Jeremiah 14-15, the reading for today:

The word of the Lord which came to Jeremiah concerning the drought: {Jer 14:2 RSV}

He goes on to describe the land, how the cisterns have no water, the ground is dismayed, there is no rain on the land, the crops are dried up, and wild asses stand and pant, and there is no water in all of the land. This is part of the judging hand of God. Once again this arouses questions in Jeremiah’s heart. He asks, Verse 7,

 “Though our iniquities testify against us, act, O Lord, for thy name’s sake;” {Jer14:7 RSV}

Do you see what he is saying? “I understand that you have to judge this people because of their wickedness, Lord, but what about you? You’re the healer, you’re the God who can restore wicked people. For your name’s sake, do this.”

 “for our backslidings are many, we have sinned against thee.
O thou hope of Israel, its savior in time of trouble,
Why shouldst thou be like a stranger in the land,
like a wayfarer who turns aside to tarry for a night?
Why shouldst thou be like a man confused, like a mighty man    who cannot save. Yet thou, O Lord, art in the midst of us, and we are
called by thy name; leave us not.” {Jer 14:6b-9 RSV}

Have you ever come to that place? Many a man of God, in the record of the Scriptures, has turned away the judging hand of God by pleading the glory of God himself. Moses had, Samuel had, and others had stood before God and said, “Regardless of what we’re like, God, remember what you’re like. Surely, for your own name’s sake you won’t let this thing happen, lest your name be defiled among the nations.” And this is Jeremiah’s cry. Now, that is great praying. Jeremiah is reaching out to God on the highest level of prayer possible. He calls to God in these terms, and he closes the chapter with an eloquent plea to God.

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