Vs. 6, “You live in the midst of deception; in their deceit they refuse to acknowledge me,” declares the LORD.” God’s people were putting their confidence in everything except the Lord. They were putting confidence in relationships, family, friends and unfortuately they were putting confidence on being circumcised…but God wants circumcision of the heart first (vs.26)! Just because they were direct recepients of God’s covenant, did not give them the right to sin. No matter your standing or upbringing…this does not guarantee your success as a Christian. Sometimes we hear of street kids living powerfully for the Lord and PK’s rebelling from the Lord.
Regarding application…Crying. Vs. 1, “Oh, that my head were a spring of water and my eyes a fountain of tears! I would weep day and night for the slain of my people.” Whew…this is a hard topic. I would venture to say, no one wants to cry in front of others. We are taught at an early age that crying is for cry-babies. Boys don’t cry and girls are sissies if they do. If something would trigger us to cry…we more than likely would want to avoid it. Yet, Jeremiah would not avoid it even though it made him literraly weep. I’ve found this to be true…the older I get, the more I cry. Yet, perhaps there should be more crying in the church. “Grieve, mourn and wail. Change your laughter to mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.” James 4:9-10. Remember, there is always a time for everything and perhaps we don’t give enough time to mourning and weeping. When we cry, I believe the Holy Spirit is softening our hearts. It’s okay to weep and feel the sadness of this world we live in. Take courage one day that when we reach eternity, there will be no more sorrow. But until then, perhaps we also should be known as weeping servants for the Lord.