Today you should read: Jeremiah 45
In today’s world, we look to blame things for the way we feel. It might be that “I was irritable today because the Starbucks person messed up my coffee,” or “I’m sad because so and so hurt my feelings yesterday,” or “My wife threw out my favorite t-shirt.” (That shirt was irreplaceable). Whenever it isn’t someone’s fault, do we try and blame God for our circumstances. Why hasn’t God given me the promotion I wanted? Why didn’t God keep me from getting rear-ended? Why is God letting my relationship fall apart? Baruch in this chapter was doing that exact thing. He even takes it a step further and says that God added sorrow to his pain. How does God respond to this accusation?
First, He simply gives Baruch an answer. He calls Baruch out for his sadness. He tells Baruch that his sadness isn’t from God, but instead from his pursuit of “great things” (verse 5). God then shows His power to Baruch by telling him how He built all of these things and how He is going to tear them down. Then ends by telling Baruch that he gets to keep his life as a prize of war.
Baruch in this chapter is going through a season of doubt. His doubt has led him to blame God for his sorrow and pain. He doubts that God wants the best for him. This is a lie from Satan! God wants the best for us, but maybe not in the way that we think they should be. God has the big picture, and we should trust him to make our paths.
By: Jacob Kerr — West Campus Pastoral Ministry Apprentice – Students & Worship
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