March 7th – ‘Frankly Lord, I’m Bewildered’

Those who know me know that I love that great Old Testament servant of God, Jeremiah. He was so courageous, so sensitive, so vulnerable, so unstoppable, and O so human. And he is nowhere more human than when he prays. See him at prayer, when he has just purchased a field in his home village area of Anathoth. Knowing that the very land he felt God wanted him to buy as a prophecy of hope in Israel’s future was then occupied by the Babylonian army tents and horses. You can read his purchase, followed by his prayer, in Jeremiah 32: “Ah, Sovereign Lord, Nothing is too hard for you, and yet although the city and land will be handed over to the enemy, you tell me to buy the property ….. “. “Think of the money Lord, the money” I always want to add. But although he didn’t understand – I mean, who does? – put simply it is God telling you to throw away your hard-earned money. Well, you and I can feel the same anguish. In Chapter 10, when he is overcome by the senseless brutality of the world’s violence and self-destruction, he cries out for God to punish mindless, power-crazed armies and nations. Yet the terrors continue unchecked. But then you know how he feels, don’t you? Oh the helplessness of real faith!
Try an experiment. Spread out today’s paper, and as you skim over it, pray over, and into it. Then you will be where Jeremiah was, in Chapter 10. Intercession is the hardest work in the world, and most heart searching and heart breaking. This is from Jeremiah 10: 24-25
Correct me, Lord, but only with justice – not in your anger, lest you reduce me to nothing. Pour out your wrath on the nations that do not acknowledge you, on the peoples who do not call on your name, for they have devoured Jacob; they have devoured him completely and destroyed his homeland.
A Prayer: Lord, when Satan whispers in my ear: ‘It’s no use praying for the world to change, God never answers’, despite the agony within me, help me to pray for a lost and bleeding world, for Jesus sake. It is your world, Lord, after all. You must be heartbroken!
Now read Jeremiah Chapter 32 and in it sense the frustration of Jeremiah, but feel the heartbeat of God.

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