Vs. 1, “Then the LORD said to me: “Even if Moses and Samuel were to stand before me, my heart would not go out to this people. Send them away from my presence! Let them go!” God would respond to Jeremiah’s prayer with this verse. No matter who sought to intercede for Judah, God’s mind was made up…He would not relent. God had chosen the Jews to be a blessing to the world, but now they would become abhorrent to all the kingdoms of the earth (vs. 4). We must be careful to not assume God enjoyed what He was doing. This brought incredible grief to our Lord just as Jesus wept over Jerusalem many years later. We would see Jeremiah’s heartfelt response as he pleads his case to the Lord. Jeremiah was nearly questioning his purpose and ministry…but God would bring him a test that many of us would find incredibly hard to endure.
Regarding application…God’s Food. Vs. 16, “When your words came, I ate them; they were my joy and my heart’s delight, for I bear your name, O LORD God Almighty.” Had Jeremiah forsaken God’s word during this tumultous time…He would not have lasted and endured. We don’t simply read God’s word…even Satan & pagans do that….WE MUST EAT God’s word!!! We must chew and taste the goodness of it. We must let it digest into our souls and let it revitalize our very being! When I come across a fellow believer who has told me they are struggling…the number one thing I ask them is, “Are you doing your QT’s?” Every response I have heard so far is the answer, “NO”. Brothers & Sisters in Christ…are we so dull & ignorant? When we choose to not dine at the table of our King, we WILL grow weak. His Word is the only thing that can sustain us in times of tribulation. We must be grounded in it now, so that when the storms come, we are strong enought to endure. I’ll never grow tired in reminding each of you daily why we must turn to God’s Word! Keep your eyes elevated to Jesus!