Jeremiah 12:5-6 The Lord’s Reply to Jeremiah
“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?
Even your brothers, members of your own family,
have turned against you.
They plot and raise complaints against you.
Do not trust them,
no matter how pleasantly they speak.
Jeremiah lived a difficult life. He was called to proclaim God’s Word to the people of Judah. It was Jeremiah’s duty to tell the people of Judah to repent and turn from their evil ways so that God would not be forced to punish them. But the people rejected his message and turned against him. Jeremiah complained to God about the injustices he faced. God’s response, in essence, was “If you think this is bad, how are you going to handle things when they get worse?”
God doesn’t always answer our prayers with nice, easy answers, but even so we are to stay committed to Him when the going gets tough and our prayers for relief go unanswered. We are not to feel sorry for ourselves; instead, we are to let God rearrange our priorities according to His purposes.
My reading schedule this week:
August 13 Jeremiah 23-25
August 14 Jeremiah 26-29
August 15 Jeremiah 30-31
August 16 Jeremiah 32-34
August 17 Jeremiah 35-37
August 18 Jeremiah 38-40; Psalm 74, 79
August 19 2 Kings 24-25; 2 Chronicles 36