Broken pots – a fitting symbol for our lives. The Apostle Paul takes up this thought in a positive light in 2 Corinthians 4:7 “we have this treasure in jars of clay …”. Notice how depressed Jeremiah feels in chapter 20. When you feel likewise, what comfort and light can Paul’s words bring you?
It’s serious life-reality stuff reading through Jeremiah, wrestling with what God is saying to us.
This passage has a lot in it, even down to two sides of Jeremiah’s emotional state.
On one, He acknowledges the power of the Lord, “But the LORD is with me as a dread warrior; therefore my persecutors will stumble; they will not overcome me.”
And on the other, he sinks in the mire, “Cursed be the day on which I was born! The day when my mother bore me, let it not be blessed!”
God knows our world is broken, He knows that we are broken too.
That’s why His gift of faith makes so much sense. Because we cannot help ourselves, because life is hard; And because with faith we can grasp hold of the reality of who God is and who we are.
Let’s be encouraged not to be discouraged at the hard words and dark emotion we read here in Jeremiah. They are a true reflection of our own experiences, they are valuable to us.
* Father God,
Sometimes we see You very clearly. Sometimes our eyesight grows dim.
Thank You for Your gift of faith, something not of our own, but of You!
How good You are to us, that while we were still enemies, You came outside the camp and drew us back in; You left the fold to rescue the lost sheep; In Jesus You suffered, became a curse, bearing Your just wrath – So that we could be saved.
Hallelujah, what a Saviour!