Understanding that we don’t know the whys and wherefores of life is one step. Accepting it is another. Then the biggest step is not blaming God. Often blaming God is the easiest as it means we have no responsibility. It also means we have no control, so we are “spared”.Yet, deep down inside we feel the disconnect. That’s why we, even in our modern enlightened era are constantly trying to find the next “right” leader (and leaders). We strive against our hopes and fears that the next one will be the “right” one.
Jeremiah summarizes all of these emotions with his anguished words to God. Jeremiah acknowledges that he (just like us) has no place to judge God. That doesn’t mean that Jeremiah doesn’t want to understand (just like us).
Although it is not stated, God seems to respond starting with verse 5, asking Jeremiah how long he will strive against all that is coming. Then the verses continue about an inheritance that has been abandoned because of the betrayal it had committed. There is no joy in God’s words. There is heartbreak.
A decision was made to turn against God; to go their own way.If they had been the blind man, calling for the mercy of God and meaning it. All things would have changed. The blind man was persistent in the face of contrary opinion. He asked for mercy. He received mercy. Jesus said it was his faith.
If the inheritors had begged in faith for such mercy, they, too, could have been healed.
- Where in your life do you identify with Jeremiah?
- Have you had any experience in your life similar to God’s response in Jeremiah?
- Have you experienced or witnessed a similar movement of faith, grace, and healing as the blind man?
God, we don’t see all the pieces. We know by faith that you are moving in the world. Help us to see your moving and the ability to share it with others. Amen.