Posted by: Bill Hornbeck | July 20, 2017

“Therefore we hope in You, For You are the one who has done all these things.”

Today’s devotion comes from Jeremiah 14:13-22.  Here is a link to this Scripture – https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Jeremiah+14&version=NASB

I quote only the following Scripture.

17 “You will say this word to them,
‘Let my eyes flow down with tears night and day,
And let them not cease;
For the virgin daughter of my people has been crushed with a mighty blow,
With a sorely infected wound.
18 ‘If I go out to the country,
Behold, those slain with the sword!
Or if I enter the city,
Behold, diseases of famine!
For both prophet and priest
Have gone roving about in the land that they do not know.’”

19 Have You completely rejected Judah?
Or have You loathed Zion?
Why have You stricken us so that we are beyond healing?
We waited for peace, but nothing good came;
And for a time of healing, but behold, terror!
20 We know our wickedness, O Lord,
The iniquity of our fathers, for we have sinned against You.
21 Do not despise us, for Your own name’s sake;
Do not disgrace the throne of Your glory;
Remember and do not annul Your covenant with us.
22 Are there any among the idols of the nations who give rain?
Or can the heavens grant showers?
Is it not You, O Lord our God?
Therefore we hope in You,
For You are the one who has done all these things.”   Jeremiah 14:17-22. 

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Jeremiah recognized the punishment of the LORD on Judah and the justice of it.

“We know our wickedness, O Lord,
The iniquity of our fathers, for we have sinned against You.”  Verse 20.

But, Jeremiah also recognized the lovingkindness of the LORD.

“Are there any among the idols of the nations who give rain?
Or can the heavens grant showers?
Is it not You, O Lord our God?  …”  Verse 22.

Jeremiah concludes:

“…  Therefore we hope in You,
For You are the one who has done all these things.”  Verse 22.

“For if He causes grief,
Then He will have compassion
According to His abundant lovingkindness.”  Lamentations 3:32.

Like the false prophets in today’s Scripture who falsely prophesied “You will not see the sword nor will you have famine, but I will give you lasting peace in this place.” (verse 13), other doctrine presents their false image of a god of their imaginations and desires who only shows lovingkindness.

But, Reformed Doctrine understands and knows and presents the true God of Scripture Who exercises lovingkindness, justice and righteousness on earth, for He delights in these things.

Thus says the Lord, “Let not a wise man boast of his wisdom, and let not the mighty man boast of his might, let not a rich man boast of his riches;  but let him who boasts boast of this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the Lord who exercises lovingkindness, justice and righteousness on earth;  for I delight in these things,” declares the Lord.”  Jeremiah 9:23-24.

Our hope is not based on only receiving things that immediately please us upon receipt.  We do experience grief.  We do experience droughts and sickness.  Our hope is based on the Sovereign God of Scripture Who will preserve us through grief and will show us lovingkindness and will work all things for our good and our salvation.

“Q. 26.  What believest thou when thou sayest, “I believe in God the Father, Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth”?
A.  That the eternal Father of our Lord Jesus Christ (who of nothing made heaven and earth, with all that is in them;  who likewise upholds and governs the same by His eternal counsel and providence is, for the sake of Christ His Son, my God and my Father;  on whom I rely so entirely, that I have no doubt but He will provide me with all things necessary for soul and body;  and further, that He will make whatever evils He sends upon me, in this valley of tears, turn out to my advantage;  for He is able to do it, being Almighty God, and willing, being a faithful Father.  Heidelberg Catechism.

21 This I recall to my mind,
Therefore I have hope.
22 The Lord’s lovingkindnesses indeed never cease,
For His compassions never fail.
23 They are new every morning;
Great is Your faithfulness.
24 “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul,
“Therefore I have hope in Him.”
25 The Lord is good to those who wait for Him,
To the person who seeks Him.
26 It is good that he waits silently
For the salvation of the Lord.
27 It is good for a man that he should bear
The yoke in his youth.
28 Let him sit alone and be silent
Since He has laid it on him.
29 Let him put his mouth in the dust,
Perhaps there is hope.
30 Let him give his cheek to the smiter,
Let him be filled with reproach.
31 For the Lord will not reject forever,
32 For if He causes grief,
Then He will have compassion
According to His abundant lovingkindness.”  Lamentations 3:21-32.

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