“If racing against mere men makes you tired, how will you race against horses? If you stumble and fall on open ground, what will you do in the thickets near the Jordan?” (Jeremiah 12:5 NL)
Jeremiah is experiencing what most Christians encounter at some time in their spiritual journey. The promises of God do not seem to be coming to fruition. Often, when we ask God a question, he answers in kind. The Lord gives the truth in the form of an inquiry to get us thinking in the right manner, then we figure it out ourselves.
Jeremiah was questioning the justice and character of God. (v.1) Why are the wicked so prosperous and happy? (v.4) How long must this land weep? Jeremiah was the weeping prophet as God had called him to sob for Israel, but at times, our greatest strength can become our foremost weakness.
God answers, and if I may use the vernacular, suck it in, Jeremiah! If you think you are suffering now, wait until the big stuff starts to happen. The Lord continues in the remainder of the chapter to tell Jeremiah that before it gets better, it will get worse. Wow, is this the compassionate God of Israel? There are times when, spiritually speaking, we start to spring a leak in our love bucket. The more compassion God gives us, the more we need. Remember, God is just and kind. He is also the lion and the lamb. When we start to lean too far in one direction, God gives us a dose of the other.
Are you a mercy person, and like Jeremiah has become a little too prone to be whimpering? Or are you the prophetic type, and can be a bit judgmental? Your greatest strength can be your paramount weakness. What are the questions God is asking you? Is the Lord mellowing the lion, or exhorting the lamb?
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