Reading: Jeremiah 8:18-9:1
Verse 19: “Listen to the cry of my people.”
In the opening verses of chapter 8 God details the many sins of the people and the punishment waiting on their doorstep. The weight of all this is reflected in the world that we read today. These words are heavy upon Jeremiah’s heart and soul. In the opening verse today we read, “My heart is faint within me.” He is overwhelmed with the suffering and the struggle, with the pain and sorrow soon to befall the people of God. It is as if the brokenness of the world has caught up with him. Jeremiah longs for comfort and strength from God.
We too live in a broken world. At times our hearts can grow faint. People continue to struggle with poverty, oppression, injustice, unfair systems… Many are filled with despair and their hearts are also heavy. Like Jeremiah, we can shout out, “Listen to the cry of my people.” The brokenness of his world leads Jeremiah to cry out to God, to seek to maintain his faith in God and in God’s goodness. When overwhelmed we can feel just as Jeremiah does in today’s text.
In verse 22 Jeremiah asks, “Why then is there no healing for the wound of my people?” He questions God not to doubt God but to show that he still believes that God is listening and that God’s heart is still bent towards the people. Even through his tears and grieving, Jeremiah trusts that God is faithful and just and loving and kind and compassionate. May we hold onto these truths, trusting in the Lord our God. Even in the struggle or trial, even in the brokenness, may we hold fast to the God who loves you and me.
Prayer: Lord God, when the world around me or when life itself begins to overwhelm, flood me with your love and truth. Raise up my heart and spirit, give me the faith and strength to offer your love to those in need, be it me or others. Amen.
September 12, 2022 at 8:22 am
Thank you Pastor, for this word.
This meditation on Jeremiah’s agreement to carry, stand, put into human words, and give up to God, the cry of God’s heart for his people to turn back to him is thoughtful. As I’m reading on Ezra and Nehemiah walking out, with the positioning God placed them in, a portion of this cry–it’s hopeful as I open my own heart, receive burdens on behalf of God’s people, formulate to Him in words (or utterances), and position for my next God gifted response.
September 12, 2022 at 10:15 am
Thank you for sharing these words too. Your hope is beautiful as they come from a heart for serving God and people. Oh that God would position us all for our next God gifted response!