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Prophet of the Weeping God
Tuesday, January 19, 2016 by Dr. Ron Susek

Prophet of the Weeping God
by Ron Susek
©Golden Quill Publications
 
     Jeremiah has been labeled the weeping prophet. Reading through the book, however, reveals a different picture. It is God who is pouring out deep emotion by weeping for His people. It is more appropriate, then, to refer to Jeremiah as the prophet of the weeping God.
     How does God feel when we ignore Him to follow our own desires? How does He feel when a nation abandons His laws? God revealed His heart through Jeremiah, and the revelation is disturbing to the sensitive heart.
     Jeremiah indicts all mankind with these words "I know, O Lord, that the way of man is not in himself, that it is not in man who walks to direct his steps" (Jeremiah 10:23).
     In other words, sin has ruined the spiritual and moral compass of the human heart and fails to guide us properly. God describes our condition this way, "They bend their tongue like a bow; falsehood and not truth has grown strong in the land; for they proceed from evil to evil, and they do not know me, declares the Lord" (Jeremiah 9:3).
     Indeed, the law of God is not in man's heart, resulting in both individuals and nations wandering aimlessly, like wild donkeys on a barren desert. Jeremiah reveals God's heartfelt reaction to our self-destructive ways. God said, "My anguish, my anguish! I writhe in pain! Oh the walls of my heart! My heart is beating wildly; I cannot keep silent, for I hear the sound of the trumpet, the alarm of war (Jeremiah 4:19). "My joy is gone; grief is upon me; my heart is sick within me" (Jeremiah 8:18-19).
     Has it ever crossed your mind that God weeps over your waywardness? Indeed, He does.  Jeremiah widens God's profound concern beyond Israel when he calls God the king of the nation(10:7). Thus, it is safe to conclude that as God weeps over Israel, so He weeps over your nation, so He weeps over you.
     Just as our lack of faith can bring agony to God's heart, so our faith can bring the warmth of pleasure. Hebrews 11:6 reads, "And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him."  Now, reverse that verse.  If it is impossible to please Him without faith, then by faith we can please Him.  And according to the verse, God richly rewards such faith.
    Israel's lack of faith made Jeremiah the prophet of the weeping God.  What impact is your faith and mine making on the heart of God?
     May our God rejoice to see the depth of our faith!
 
Immanuel: God is with you!
Your friend,
Ron        
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