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.

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