Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Conflicted Prophet

I am reading in Jeremiah and am amazed at how "conflicted" he is. He is proclaiming the sin and destruction of Judah, the southern kingdom, but he doesn't want to see it happen. He is witnessing the last days of the nation, but hates to see it happen. He prays that God will deliver anyway, and God tells him, "Do not pray for the welfare of this people" (Jeremiah 14:11). Folks from his own hometown want him dead - all because he is proclaiming a message they don't want to hear, a message he doesn't want to give. No wonder he struggles with depression and writes another book called "Lamentations"! Despite all of this, he calls the LORD, over and over, "the HOPE of Israel"! One of his prayers (Jeremiah 14:7-9) . . .

Although our iniquities testify against us,
act, O LORD, for your name's sake;
our apostasies indeed are many,
and we have sinned against you.
O hope of Israel,
its savior in time of trouble,
why should you be like a stranger in the land,
like a traveler turning aside for the night?
Why should you be like someone confused,
like a mighty warrior who cannot give help?
Yet you, O LORD, are in the midst of us,
and we are called by your name;
do not forsake us!

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