Jeremiah 45:3-5

August 06, 2010

Jeremiah 45: 3 - 5

“You have said, ‘I am overwhelmed with trouble! Haven’t I had enough pain already? And now the LORD has added more! I am weary of my own sighing and can find no rest.’

“Baruch, this is what the LORD says: I will destroy this nation that I built. I will uproot what I planted. Are you seeking great things for yourself? Don’t do it! But don’t be discouraged. I will bring great disaster upon all these people, but I will protect you wherever you go. I, the LORD, have spoken!”

In the chapters leading up to Jeremiah 45, the people of Judah come to Jeremiah and beg him to pray to his God for direction. They tell Jeremiah, “Whether we like it or not, we will obey the LORD our God to whom we send you with our plea.” When Jeremiah comes back with an answer and instructs them to stay in Judah, they get all mad and tell him he is lying and they are going to Egypt! What?! You just completely contradicted yourselves!!!

I know that this is not the only place in scripture where disobedience is shown, by any means! The children of Israel drive me crazy as I read through story after story of them doing exactly what they were told not to. How about Saul chasing after David? Just when you think the guy is going to give up, he doesn’t. It’s maddening! That’s not what I want to focus on today however. The verses above are powerful and I want to look at them with you. Here is this guy Baruch, in the middle of this…..well this mess. I love the line, “I am weary of my own sighing”. Have you ever felt that way? I know I’ve annoyed myself with my constant complaints and worries. But God doesn’t leave Baruch there. He doesn’t leave us there.

God instead promises that even though everything is falling apart around him and that all will be destroyed, that God is going to protect Baruch! I wonder if that made Baruch sigh in relief or fall to his knees in humility? I love that Jeremiah says, “Are you seeking great things for yourself? DON’T DO IT!” It made me laugh! I guess I wasn’t expecting that response from Jeremiah.

My point to all this: When we are so weary that we are sick of being weary, when we are so filled with pain that we can’t stand another drop, we need to remember our MIGHTY God. The God we serve is big enough to save us from exactly what He wants to save us from. God could’ve saved Baruch from all his frustrations. God could’ve covered his eyes or told him to move for awhile and just avoid this whole mess, but God had something to teach Baruch. God has something to teach you and me. So when you find yourself sighing, press on. There is exactly what you need at the end, even if you don’t know where the end is yet.

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Stephen HallgrenJan. 05 2011, 5:00pm

Thanks for this post. This is where I’m at, “So when you find yourself sighing, press on. There is exactly what you need at the end, even if you don’t know where the end is yet,” and really needed the reminder.

 

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