Today’s Reading: Jeremiah 8:8-9:26 (additional reading: Psalm 78:32-55 and Proverbs 24:27)
In his retirement, Thomas Jefferson founded the University of Virginia. Because Jefferson trusted that students would take their studies seriously, the code of discipline was lax. Unfortunately, his trust proved misplaced when the misbehavior of students led to a riot in which professors who tried to restore order were attacked. The following day a meeting was held between the university’s board, of which Jefferson was a member, and defiant students. Jefferson began by saying, “This is one of the most painful events of my life,” was overcome by emotion, and burst into tears. Another board member asked the rioters to come forward and give their names. Nearly every one did. Later, one of them said, “It was not Mr. Jefferson’s words, but his tears.”
Our reading today calls us to a place of deep emotion. Jeremiah the prophet is a man with a big heart. A man whose heart was broken over the plight and condition of the people he was called and is called to minister too.
In context of Jeremiah 8:20-22 the judgement of God that would result in no harvest for the Jews. This crying over a lack of harvest is something more and more farmers are saying because of changes in the weather. Imagine working a whole year, and in the end having nothing to show for it because your crops could not stand the test of frost, or the test of rain, or the test of drought.
We read astonishment had taken hold on God. What astonished Him? That there was balm available and yet it was not applied. What made God wonder? Firstly, God knew prayer was effective, and He wondered why people weren’t praying and secondly, He wondered why His people weren’t interceding and pleading, but were busy enjoying themselves and ignore the perishing. Church take your eyes off the sunset for a moment and look around, people are perishing.
Someone made some research on what people pray for and the results were: 90% for self needs, 9% for other friends needs and 1% for lost souls? If that describes you then it is no wonder God wonders. How’s your heart today? Does is break and cry for the harvest which is being lost around you? Does your heart reflect God’s heart for people?