WHEN IN PAIN REALIZE
THE LIFE AND TIMES OF JEREMIAH
PART II

The eyes of the LORD are upon the righteous, and his ears are open unto their cry. The face of the LORD is against them that do evil, to cut off the remembrance of them from the earth. The righteous cry, and the LORD heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles. The LORD is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit. Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the LORD delivereth him out of them all. Psalm 34:15-19

When you read verses like that you can see why Jeremiah was compelled to inquire of the LORD concerning his predicament. We read, Righteous art thou, O LORD, when I plead with thee: yet let me talk with thee of thy judgments: Wherefore doth the way of the wicked prosper? wherefore are all they happy that deal very treacherously? Jeremiah 12:1

Like Asaph who you can read about in Psalm 73, Jeremiah was grieved at the prosperity of the wicked. His question, How could God in righteousness let "evil' be rewarded, while holiness and obedience are met with suffering and poverty.

<<A Psalm of Asaph.>> Truly God is good to Israel, even to such as are of a clean heart. But as for me, my feet were almost gone; my steps had well nigh slipped. For I was envious at the foolish, when I saw the prosperity of the wicked. For there are no bands in their death: but their strength is firm. They are not in trouble as other men; neither are they plagued like other men. Psalm 73:1-5

Have you ever been there? Perhaps you're going through this very thing as you read this devotional. Sure we would say without hesitation that ALL God's judgements are true and that everything He does is good. But, there are times when we just want AND NEED TO BE HEARD. Well, guess what? God is not bothered or spiritually challenged by our humbly inquiring of Him for insight to what's going on.

Getting back to Jeremiah, God didn't rebuke the prophet for his pleading with Him. Jeremiah wasn't trying to set God straight, that is to be His Counselor. No, he was inquiring into the meaning of God's judgements that he might find solitude and strength in them. This is exactly what James encourages us to do with the very trials that we encounter today,

My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing. If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord. A double minded man is unstable in all his ways. James 1:1-8

What God was rebuking Jeremiah for was his uneasiness at his present troubles, exhorting him to brace himself for greater trials that we too come. If thou hast run with the footmen, and they have wearied thee, then how canst thou contend with horses? and if in the land of peace, wherein thou trustedst, they wearied thee, then how wilt thou do in the swelling of Jordan? Jer 12:5,6.

Like Jeremiah, our attitude towards the trials God sends our way is of great concern to the Lord.
We are exhorted in Hebrews 10:35-39 Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompence of reward. For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise. For yet a little while, and he that shall come will come, and will not tarry. Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him. But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition; but of them that believe to the saving of the soul

"When we are most in the dark concerning God's dispensations, we must keep up right thoughts of God, believing that he never did the least wrong to any of his creatures. When we find it hard to understand any of his dealings with us, or others, we must look to general truths as our first principles, and abide by them: the Lord is righteous." {selected}

We are bound to thank God always for you, brethren, as it is meet, because that your faith groweth exceedingly, and the charity of every one of you all toward each other aboundeth; So that we ourselves glory in you in the churches of God for your patience and faith in all your persecutions and tribulations that ye endure: Which is a manifest token of the righteous judgment of God, that ye may be counted worthy of the kingdom of God, for which ye also suffer: Seeing it is a righteous thing with God to recompense tribulation to them that trouble you; And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels, 2Th 1:3-7

May the Lord Jesus Christ Himself fill you with all peace, in faith believing, as you look to Him for wisdom.

For The Glory Of His Name
Whether By Life Or Death
Dan

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