Vs. 1, “I am the man who has seen affliction by the rod of his wrath.” This was a very difficult time for Jeremiah. In the midst of all this devestation, Jeremiah is grieving…but we also see him have some hope. Jeremiah in an incredilbe example for all of us. I really don’t know how he was able to keep such faith in the midst of tragedy. This is faith. He took his eyes off the horizontal world and looked up veritically to God as his lament continued. Noticed as the chapter continues, he then calls upon his people to turn back to the Lord because of their sin.
Regarding application…God’s Compassion. Vs. 22, “Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail.” Perspective. That must be what it is. Jeremiah had a bigger perspective. All those years that God’s people had a chance to turn back, they didn’t care. Consequences came, but God would promise Jeremiah that He would restore the very people He is disciplining. God wasn’t just keeping a covenant, He had compassion. So many of us want to blame God when bad things happen. Yet, we should be thanking Him for His compassion that we even have air in our lungs. Thank you Lord! This is the God of Jeremiah and this is the of God today!