It’s time to blow the dust off my Bible and read a few pages. The dust is from sheetrock repair, not a forgotten Bible. I’m working through Jeremiah and I feel for the poor guy. His prophetic message was ignored as the people of Judah chased everything but God. Jeremiah’s popularity started at zero and declined. On one occasion he was dropped into a cesspool to rot. Yuck!
Jeremiah opened his book stating his purpose in life was assigned by God and determined before Jeremiah was born. I’m certain he drew strength and encouragement from that fact. Knowing he was in God’s hands for God’s purpose sustained him in the hard times. That truth is not limited to Jeremiah and we can read Paul’s words telling us we also have a purpose in God’s plan.
“For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.”
Ephesians 2:10 (NASB)
There are some zingers in the book of Jeremiah but we have to stumble over words like Holon, Jahzah, Mephaath, Dibon, Beth-diblathaim, Kiriathaim, Kerioth, and Bozrah to find them. Whew! I hope I don’t have to spell those correctly on a test! The search through the book is worth the effort. Here’s an example of Jeremiah’s wit:
“… Pharaoh king of Egypt is but a big noise …
Judah asked Jeremiah for God’s direction and promised to follow it. Jeremiah delivered God’s message, “Stay in Judah and don’t go to Egypt!”, but the people refused. These were not the words they wanted. They already had a plan and wanted God to stamp His seal of approval across it. Judah determined Pharaoh offered a better path to prosperity and well-being than God. They bought the whole Egyptian package, loaded up and moved. Pharaoh did not make good on his promises. He was all noise and no substance.
Two years of politics and promises in America culminated in a November election where slightly over 1/2 the eligible voters participated. We’ve chosen our politicians and sent them to Washington. Americans may not agree on the most pressing issues but most who voted have expectations something will be accomplished. Something besides theatrics, chest thumping, and endless streams of verbiage. I’ve heard enough “big noise” out of Washington. It is time for our leaders on both sides of the aisle to do what is best for our country. Come on, people. We’re waiting.