A heart-broken Leader (Jeremiah 9)

Oh that my head were waters,
    and my eyes a fountain of tears,
that I might weep day and night
    for the slain of the daughter of my people! Jeremiah 9:1

I can still remember the scene of the aftermath of 9/11/2001.  Edged in my mind are many pictures from that tragic time in our nations history.  One picture stands out above the rest.  It was the picture of our then president, George W. Bush standing in the rubble of the fallen World Trade Centers, speaking to the rescue personnel.

In some ways this is how I see Jeremiah as he speaks to his people who were facing the wrath of God. Judgment was coming because the nation left God no choice but to judge them (9:9).  A journey through Vs: 2-8 lists for us the many sins of the people.  Each and every day the people lived in evil and they lived to do evil.

I wonder, how would you respond if you lived in such a society?  Well, you do not have to think about your answer very long because this is the society you and I live in today.  I honestly find myself some days weeping as did Jeremiah.

One might ask, how should a Christian respond to such evil in society?  Jeremiah gives us the answer in this chapter:

23 Thus says the Lord: “Let not the wise man boast in his wisdom, let not the mighty man boast in his might, let not the rich man boast in his riches, 24 but let him who boasts boast in this, that he understands and knows me, that I am the Lord who practices steadfast love, justice, and righteousness in the earth. For in these things I delight, declares the Lord.”

There are two responses we are pointed too:

  1.  You and I are to be a people who pray for our nation.

We pray that our nation would hear from God.  We pray that our nation would repent of her sins and that she would obey the Word of the Lord. We pray that our nation would begin to worship the one true and living God.

2. You and I are to be a light to our nation.

His light shines through us the brightest when we are practicing steadfast love, justice, and righteousness. Our God delights in such living.

Now, I do not know if you and I will face the devastation that Israel did, but there is one thing I know, I want to let my light shine in the darkness.  I pray for each who read this today, Father shine your light through each and every follower of You.

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