After Jeremiah complains about the trials he’s faced from the wickedness of his people, the LORD responds in Jeremiah 12:5, "If you have run with the footmen, and they have wearied you, Then how can you contend with horses? And if in the land of peace, In which you trusted, they wearied you, Then how will you do in the floodplain of the Jordan?” The LORD tells Jeremiah that it’s going to get worse when the invading army comes in. What “wearies” us is relevant to our mental state and our willingness to press through difficult situations. Jesus endured the cross for the joy set before Him (Heb. 12:2).
Chapter 13 gives a powerful example of how humility “clings” to the LORD and His Word, but pride holds to their own ways and will destroy a person.
The reward for serving God is greater than expected, and after reading these chapters you can see that the misery of turning away from the LORD is greater than most would expect. If there was genuine repentance from the people there would be hope, but without it, judgment has drawn near. The LORD says in Jeremiah 15:1, "Even if Moses and Samuel stood before Me, My mind would not be favorable toward this people. Cast them out of My sight, and let them go forth.”
Read through the Bible with us in 2012! The reading plan can be downloaded below; we are reading in chronological order. Check back often to read the blog posts on the Bible readings and discuss things in the "comments" section.
2012 Bible Plan