Text: Jer. 18:11-12
Memory Verse: Jer. 18:11 “The merchants of the earth will weep and mourn over her because no one buys their cargoes any more.”
Many theologians refer to Jeremiah (Jehovah is high) as the weeping prophet. He is believed to be the author of ‘Lamentations’. The situation and circumstance of Judah and Israel were pitiable, to say the least. The enemies came like a flood to ravage God’s people and land as if they had no God. The enemies that plundered them claimed they were justified because Israel had forsaken her God. Prophet Jeremiah, whose duty was to warm the erring nation, cried his heart out but they did not listen. The dog that would be lost would not listen to the hunter’s whistle.
Jeremiah asked a billion dollar question in Lamentation 4:1-2. “How has gold lost its lustre, the fine gold become dull! How the precious sons of Zion once worth their weight in gold are now considered as pots of clay, the work of a potter’s hand! (NIV).” Consider the exclamation marks at the end of Verses 1-2 and elsewhere in the book. It was really a worrisome event to Jeremiah. The recent events had no resemblance with the stories of God’s relationship with Israel in the past. What had gone wrong? No, Never! Had the hand of God gone feeble? Was God sleeping or in slumber? No. Never. The hands of God are not feeble. Neither does He sleep nor slumber. (Surely, the hand of the Lord is not too short to save) nor His ear too dull to hear. But your iniquities has separated you from your God, your sins have hidden His face from you, so that He will not hear. Isaiah 59:1-2. What then was the way out? The message of Isaiah further supplied answers in Isaiah 55:7 “Let the wicked forsake his way and the evil man his thoughts. Let him turn to the Lord, and He will have mercy on him, and to our God, for He will freely pardon”.
Beloved, look into your life in the mirror of the word of God. Have you strayed away from the presence of God in any way? Return to your Maker. His hands are open to welcome you with warm embrace and a holy kiss. Going farther away from the Lord, the ‘Babylonians’ and the ‘Assyrians’ may capture you. Do not give the devil the luxury of rejoicing over your life. Return to your maker. He will have mercy on you and freely pardon your sins. Remember, Jesus has paid the price of your redemption. You were brought at a price. Therefore, honour God with your body (1 Cor 6:20). Return today, tomorrow may be too late.
HYMN: EMHB 327- Sinners turn; why will ye die?
PRAYER : – Lord, in all the areas of my life that I have strayed away from You, forgive me and welcome me back into Your joy. Amen.