When I’m finishing off one day and looking at the next day’s reading, it truly helps if you have a nice text and an obvious application. Today instead we have a part of Jeremiah that would have him being sent to see his physician now. We used to be wiser, and in times of spiritual crisis we confessed our thoughts to an elder: a spiritual mentor, a priest.
And temptations to despair are not a sin. Despair is a sin. If you put trust in a false hope, such as a constitution or king or duke or bishop, you could be disappointed. But our king is not of this world.
What is apparent is that there is something wrong. It is evil, our of the closet, and having a victory parade while the press call it a triump of the good.
Over the last 2 hours I have seen a lot of anger and pain and hatred. People can get things wrong. We all make mistakes. There is a limit to the power of any man in a constitutional republic. But as we see the Biden government in all its horror — unlike the Kiwi and Canadian progressives who find someone nice to lead the party — we realize that we were rorted.
This should drive us to God, but Satan wants us to no t do that. Satan wants us to forget that the same person who wrote this wrote of the restoration of Israel after exile. The prophet who suffered spoke of hope.
14 Cursed be the dayJeremiah 20:14-18
on which I was born!
The day when my mother bore me,
let it not be blessed!
15 Cursed be the man who brought the news to my father,
“A son is born to you”,
making him very glad.
16 Let that man be like the cities
that the Lord overthrew without pity;
let him hear a cry in the morning
and an alarm at noon,
17 because he did not kill me in the womb;
so my mother would have been my grave,
and her womb for ever great.
18 Why did I come out from the womb
to see toil and sorrow,
and spend my days in shame?
13 “Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the mighty works done in you had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago, sitting in sackcloth and ashes. 14 But it will be more bearable in the judgement for Tyre and Sidon than for you. 15 And you, Capernaum, will you be exalted to heaven? You shall be brought down to Hades
16 “The one who hears you hears me, and the one who rejects you rejects me, and the one who rejects me rejects him who sent me.”Luke 10:13-16
My conclusion is that God has shown us what the enemy looks like. We have two choices.
We can follow the prescribed programme as good little progressives, and hope that the current virtue signalling and lust for revenge does not take us out. That we do not commit heresy to the woke materialism of this world. The state is a jealous God, and we will be damned.
The second is that we proclaim Christ as King in our words and actions. We don’t get worried too much by what the enemy does or says. We know that the world has always hated those of Christ. We know that — Trump showed this — the courts and institutions from health to education to the jailhouse are controlled by the spirit of the age.
But if we converge, we lose our salvation.
We will be called retrograde, troglodytes, ill educated, in need of correction. But we are of Christ, and we can see through their lies.
We will not despair. For God holds us, and though we suffer and are challenged by the bleakest time of my six decades on this planet. we will still proclaim Christ as Lord, and him we will praise and worship.