Most of you know that for my prayer time, I read the One Year Bible. Most of what I share with you, here on my blog, is what God has shown me in His Word from that day's reading.
I do my best to keep everything in context and not look for ways to make everything that I read fit my own circumstances. Rather I want God to show me what He wants me to see - not making scripture fit my life. Because in reality - not everything in the Bible is about me! LOL!
I saw a great example of one that I'm going to do my very best to follow today.
Jeremiah was known as the "weeping prophet" - we read of how he cried buckets of tears for God's people and His judgment on them in both Jeremiah & Lamentations. Jeremiah witnessed the great exile of the Israelites to Babylon and the fall of Solomon's Temple.
You might say he lived an entire life of heartache. So what were his feelings toward God?
Check it out:
Lamentations 3"55-58 (ESV)
I called on Your name, O Lord,
from the depths of the pit, you heard my plea,
"Do not close Your ear to my cry for help!"
You came near when I called on You;
You said, 'Do not fear!'
You have taken up my cause,
O Lord; You have redeemed my life.
Wow! In the midst of Jeremiah's hurts and cries.... He still felt redeemed.
He felt like God had taken up his cause and remembered him. He still felt near to God!
These were his "feelings" in the midst of so much turmoil and devastation. What an example!!!
If Jeremiah can find a way to feel this way in the middle of all his pain - I can too. There's really not room for the "poor me's" when you find examples like this.
Honestly, I don't always "feel" this way... but I know my God with His great compassion and Him saying "Do not fear" - I can eventually get there. This is my prayer today.