- Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence.
- Read slowly, keeping any words or phrase that come to your mind, and mark on them.
- Close eyes and meditate on what you read.
- Take a note if you have question, inspiration.
Read Jeremiah 14
Severe drought in Judah
Suffering of the people of Judah was very severe. Jeremiah’s intercessory prayer was not accepted to God. The severity of the drought proved false prophets who said that there would not drought or sword in the land. Jeremiah viewed the drought as a result of the sin of the people.
The oracle against Judah was formed as the conversations between God and the people and God and the prophet, which suggested that Judah’s destruction was a contested event. And God’s view and people’s view was not reconcilable.
Lamentation pervaded the entire nation and the city because severe drought afflicted the land, the people, and the animals. Jeremiah spoke for his people and confirmed the relationship between the drought and his people’s sinfulness. And he prayed intercessory prayer for his people. But God prohibited him to pray on behalf of them, which indicated that it was too late for repentance and the fall of the nation was anticipated. God already decided to send sword, famine, and calamity against the people.
Jeremiah, however, did not cease intercessory prayer on behalf of his people more strongly, pleading people’s case, casting wholly on God’s mightiness, mercy, and covenant.
What was in God’s mind? God lamented over his wayward people.
1. What does this passage tell you about God?
2. What does this passage tell you about people.?
3. What does this passage tell you about yourself and God’s will for you?