From Covenant to Complaint
Father, whatever circumstance I am in, help me to use it as an opportunity to honor You.
Are you paying a cost to follow God in truth?
This is a chapter of two halves, containing themes which dominate Jeremiah's experience of God: covenant and complaint. Commissioned by God to be his messenger (1:4,5), Jeremiah's mandate is to call the people of Israel to obey the covenant God made with them at Sinai (11:1-17). Recalling the historic exit from Egypt and into the Sinai desert, Jeremiah will relentlessly call his fellow citizens to return to the law of God. In so doing he will challenge their practices and beliefs time after time. And here's the rub: it will cost him dearly.
We are drawing close to a reluctant prophet. Here is a man who knows he is under a divine constraint to speak but is profoundly uncomfortable with his message. A note of lament pervades this passage (18-23) and the next chapter. It's this three-dimensional response to God that makes Jeremiah such a believable character.
Is following Jesus putting you at odds with the culture that surrounds you? Should it be? Pray and reflect on this.
You paid a terrible cost to walk in truth, but You did it for the sake of love. Help me to be a person of love and truth.