Today’s Scripture Reading: Jeremiah 16:1-18:23, Jeremiah 35:1-19
Heavenly Father, You called Jeremiah to a very tough job; being the leader that predicted and pronounced the 70 year exile of the Jews to Babylon. It was so hard on him that he became known as the weeping prophet. In many ways he reminds me of Moses. There were times when the Israelites’ stubbornness, idolatry, and disobedience got on his last nerve and he wanted You to kill them. This verse is one of those times.
Lord, you know all about their murderous plots against me.
Don’t forgive their crimes and blot out their sins.
Let them die before you.
Deal with them in your anger. —Jeremiah 18:23
Lord, thank You for showing us the humanness of your chosen people. I have a situation I’m dealing with right now that has my emotions swinging from save ’em to kill ’em (exaggerating to make a point). Satan wants to send loads of condemnation my way as I process my feelings, but just like Moses, Job, Joseph, and countless other men and women serving You, there are times when forgiveness happens in phases and only through the counseling and teaching of the Holy Spirit.
Lord, thank You for not casting me, Jeremiah, and some of my modern-day friends aside we process through our anger. Give us supernatural mercy for those who’ve mistreated, angered, and hurt us.
Lord, thank You for forgiving me. I want to be like You! Help me be quick to forgive.
In Jesus Name. Amen and Amen!
©2014, Dianne Guthmuller
*Unless noted all scripture references are from the New Living Translation (NLT)
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: Jeremiah 49:1-33, 2 Kings 24:5-7, 2 Chronicles 36:6-8, 2 Kings 24:8-9, 2 Chronicles 36:9, Jeremiah 22:24-23:32