" Yet you are in our midst, O Lord, And we are called by your name; do not forsake us!"
Jerimiah was commanded by God to buy a linen waistband, hide it amongst the rocks, and later retrieve it. When he did so, he found it useless and rotting! God said, "Just so will I destroy the pride of Judah".
Jeremiah is well known as the weeping prophet, and we get an idea of why in chapters 14 and 15.
Judgement was pronounced, and all that is left to do is plea for God's mercy and grace.
Two wonderful principles are in our text amidst the gloomy scene:
i. God's presence,
ii. God's promise.
I need to again remind myself that when God's hand of discipline or permissiveness is at work, He is still present, ready to undertake, ready to pick up the pieces and rearrange my life to His plans.
Also, I need to reaquaint myself with His promises, His pledge towards ME as His child. Jesus said, "I am with you always, even to the end of the age" (Matt 28:20). Paul reminds us that "For as many as are the PROMISES of God, in Him they are yes; therefore also through Him is our Amen to the glory of God through us" (2Cor 1:20)
His plan for my life is to transform me into the likeness of His Son and however that is accomplished, He has guaranteed to be with ME throughout the process, and see His glory displayed in and through me!
The candle that lights the way in gloomy surroundings is His presence through it and His promise out of it.
Lord, sin spoils everything! Thankyou so much for conquering it at the cross and from the grave! May your presence and promises continue to light the pathway in this "waistband" world, and in my heart.