Expecting Big Things from God
October 18, 2010 § Leave a comment
It is never easy to completely rely on God. Especially when circumstances seem desperate. Jeremiah 14 (one of this week’s lectionary texts) starts with a lament about such desperate circumstances (14:2-6). But instead of jumping into a petition to God, God’s people reacted in a way that is typically found in biblical laments. They first confess their own sins before they complain, and before they cry out for God to do something about it (14:7). That helps them putting the blame where it belongs, and also to gradually shift their focus away from themselves to the Hope of Israel (14:8). That enables them to recognize God among them (14:9), and to finally conclude at the end of the chapter that “therefore our hope is in you, for you are the one who does all this” (14:22). Always expect big things from God in desperate circumstances, because He is the only hope among us.