READ: Jeremiah 14:19-22
- At the end of this oracle (speech), Jeremiah speaks as one of his listeners through asking pointed questions of God. The essence is, “Have you forsaken us?” Then the people acknowledge that they looked for peace and healing, but instead, found terror. Their response is one of honest conversation with God. What they say strikes a note of lament and confession. It’s the response of those who want to receive the truth from God.
- Then comes true confession, an acknowledgement of their sinfulness and wrong thinking. They have actually been sinning and now they want to return to God’s graces. There is a prayer and an affirmation of who God really is. It’s the response of those who looked for something they wanted instead of looking to God to see what He wanted. Their final line gets to the point—“We set our hope on you.”
- Once again we are reminded that peace is not the absence of war and woe. It isn’t a life of pleasure and plenty. Peace comes as the presence of God in one’s life. Nothing is more important than that. Wealth and health are wonderful blessings, when kept in perspective. They enable us to do good things in God’s name. But they are not the aim of life. To be healthy and wealthy, while not being reconciled to God is a tragedy of the first order.
- Read 1 Corinthians 15:19. What does “hope in this life only” imply?
- Honestly, which is most important to you, being healthy or knowing God?
- Why do you think we are so often fixated on what we have/experience?
PRAY: Commit to seeking God above health/wealth. Pray for contentment with where you are in life. Ask God to help you see life through a different lens than that of the world.