Reading: Jeremiah 8:18 to 9:1
Jeremiah cries out and mourns for the people. God’s response is basically, “I’m right here”. Jeremiah knows this. He has been the prophet to Israel for about 35 years and knows full well why the people are crying out to God. In response to their disobedience, God has allowed Judah’s protection and prosperity to come to an end. Jeremiah mourns for the crushed people and weeps for the slain. Even though he knows full well why the nation has come to this place, Jeremiah still asks God for balm, still asks for healing.
Today there is also much disrespect of God. Today many ignore God, living as if God did not exist. So in our day and age Jeremiah would feel right at home. Many are the false idols that people worship today. The list is long. The choices that many make would leave Jeremiah mourning and weeping now as well.
As Christians today we are not immune either. Often the cries of the needy go unanswered. Often we choose to do or say something that is not pleasing to God. At least as often we fail to do or say something that would serve God or offer love and hope to another. And we know God and profess a relationship with Jesus Christ. At times, Jeremiah would weep over us as well.
Yet for the believer and non-believer alike, God’s response is still the same: “I’m right here”. God has not gone anywhere. The prophets of today still echo Jeremiah’s call: “Come back to God”. For those who do not know God, he would introduce them. This too is our call today. We must introduce the list to God, the only one who can bring true healing and everlasting life. Praise be to God that God is always right here.