#286 Finding God in the Mysteries of every day
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Jeremiah 4:18 “Your own conduct and actions
have brought this on you.
This is your punishment. How bitter it is!
How it pierces to the heart!”
19 Oh, my anguish, my anguish!I writhe in pain.
Oh, the agony of my heart!
My heart pounds within me, I cannot keep silent.
For I have heard the sound of the trumpet;
I have heard the battle cry.
20 Disaster follows disaster; the whole land lies in ruins.
In an instant my tents are destroyed, my shelter in a moment.
Yeah, it can happen just like that. Then as now people did not look to God and destruction came upon them from far away. It made no sense. Yet, there it was. And enemy army encamped on the door step. Siege ramps laid up against the walls of the city, looming starvation. Bad enough in itself. But did Mom or Dad ever say to you “You brought this on yourself?” Words allto familiar in my growing up years, usually followed by some sort of punishment that was painful to say the least.
I guess maybe that’s why I relate to the anguish of Jeremiah. We know, whether we admit it or not, every time when we fail to live up to our grandiose claims of transformation. When an evil temper comes over us, when an over-reaction shocks those around us, when there is an absolute failure of the flow of grace in our lives, when we receive grace, but do not reflect and express that grace.
Weep and wail, the lesson must be learned, the flow of grace must not be impeded. Otherwise, our live will look just like the ruined city pictured here.