“LORD, You know what’s happening to me. Please step in and help me.” Jeremiah 15:15
I have a friend who is very down at the moment as she sits on pins and needles in a hospital waiting room to hear more news of her mother’s health (or lack thereof). I’ve been praying for her all day long today and I can’t seem to get her off my mind to write, so I’m including her in this post. It’s dedicated to her today, but I have the feeling that some of you all may find comfort in its words today too. I’m going to keep it simple and just include uplifting sections from today’s Word of the Day. God’s good that way isn’t He. I love His reading plan! It ALWAYS fits.
The LORD replied, “I will take care of you, Jeremiah. Your enemies will ask you to plead on their behalf in times of trouble and distress. (15:11) They will fight against you like an attacking army, but I will make you as secure as a fortified wall of bronze. They will not conquer you, for I am with you to protect and rescue you. I, the LORD, have spoken! Yes, I will certainly keep you safe from these wicked me. I will rescue you from their cruel hands.” (15:20-21)
Jeremiah said, “LORD, you are my strength and fortress, my refuge in the day of trouble!” (16:19)
The LORD responded, “Now I will show them My power; now I will show them My might. At last they will know and understand that I am the LORD.” (16:21) “Cursed are those who put their trust in mere humans, who rely on human strength and turn their hearts away from the LORD. They are like stunted shrubs in the desert, with no hope for the future. They will live in the barren wilderness, in an uninhabited salty land. But blessed are those who trust in the LORD and have made the LORD their hope and confidence. They are like trees planted along a riverbank, with roots that reach deep into the water. Such trees are not bothered by the heat or worried by long months of drought. Their leaves stay green, and they never stop producing fruit.” (17:5-8)
“LORD, if You heal me, I will be truly healed; if you save me, I will be truly saved. My praises are for You alone! People scoff at me and say, ‘What is this message from the LORD you talk about? Why don’t your predictions come true?’ LORD, I have not abandoned my job as a shepherd for Your people. I have not urged You to send disaster, You have heard everything I’ve said. LORD don’t terrorize me! You alone are my hope in the day of disaster.” (17:14-17)
He alone is our only hope in the day of disaster, let us say together with Jeremiah today, “LORD, if You heal me, I will be truly healed; if You save me, I will be truly saved. My praises are for You alone!”