by Christina Farris
25 The LORD is good unto them that wait for him, to the soul that seeketh him.
26 It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the LORD.
27 It is good for a man that he bear the yoke in his youth.
28 He sitteth alone and keepeth silence, because he hath borne it upon him.
29 He putteth his mouth in the dust; if so be there may be hope.
30 He giveth his cheek to him that smiteth him: he is filled full with reproach.
31 For the Lord will not cast off for ever:
32 But though he cause grief, yet will he have compassion according to the multitude of his mercies.
33 For he doth not afflict willingly nor grieve the children of men.
34 To crush under his feet all the prisoners of the earth,
35 To turn aside the right of a man before the face of the most High,
36 To subvert a man in his cause, the Lord approveth not.
37 Who is he that saith, and it cometh to pass, when the Lord commandeth it not?
38 Out of the mouth of the most High proceedeth not evil and good?
39 Wherefore doth a living man complain, a man for the punishment of his sins?
40 Let us search and try our ways, and turn again to the LORD.
41 Let us lift up our heart with our hands unto God in the heavens.
42 We have transgressed and have rebelled: thou hast not pardoned.
43 Thou hast covered with anger, and persecuted us: thou hast slain, thou hast not pitied.
44 Thou hast covered thyself with a cloud, that our prayer should not pass through.
45 Thou hast made us as the offscouring and refuse in the midst of the people.
46 All our enemies have opened their mouths against us.
47 Fear and a snare is come upon us, desolation and destruction.
48 Mine eye runneth down with rivers of water for the destruction of the daughter of my people.
49 Mine eye trickleth down, and ceaseth not, without any intermission,
50 Till the LORD look down, and behold from heaven.
51 Mine eye affecteth mine heart because of all the daughters of my city.
52 Mine enemies chased me sore, like a bird, without cause.
53 They have cut off my life in the dungeon, and cast a stone upon me.
54 Waters flowed over mine head; then I said, I am cut off.
55 I called upon thy name, O LORD, out of the low dungeon.
56 Thou hast heard my voice: hide not thine ear at my breathing, at my cry.
57 Thou drewest near in the day that I called upon thee: thou saidst, Fear not.
58 O Lord, thou hast pleaded the causes of my soul; thou hast redeemed my life.
59 O LORD, thou hast seen my wrong: judge thou my cause.
60 Thou hast seen all their vengeance and all their imaginations against me.
61 Thou hast heard their reproach, O LORD, and all their imaginations against me;
62 The lips of those that rose up against me, and their device against me all the day.
63 Behold their sitting down, and their rising up; I am their musick.
64 Render unto them a recompence, O LORD, according to the work of their hands.
65 Give them sorrow of heart, thy curse unto them.
66 Persecute and destroy them in anger from under the heavens of the LORD. God is with us even in the fall of the city around us. America can only think they understand the fall of Jerusalem at the time of Babylonians take over. Yet when we study the woes of the time period or lamentation we can understand the call of the prophet Jeremiah to the people of Israel and their relationship with God, they are being called too. Jeremiah is in the pit/ dungeon under the city/sewer. He is prophesing even in his own distress. Some believe this book is not writen by Jeremiah but by another prophet. I taking the side of Jeremiah, because it speaks of Jeremiah's situation during the take over of Jerusalem.
Why would it be important to learn silence in one's youth. Those of us that are quick to defend or speak out, might wonder about this silence God desire us to learn. It easy to rant when we angry or upset. Jeremiah was in a situation he had every right to be upset and angry with his imprisonment. Yet at the same time, who was he to question God, despite his desire to rant or rave. I even rant a little from time to time, we all do. We all have a need to speak our mind. Jeremiah as a prophet and his call is to preach, teach, prophesied to the city of Jerusalem to turn from their sin and allowed their captures to take Jerusalem captive because it was God's punishment on the people. One might ask how do you obey the Lord, after punishment. If you want the punishment to end, you must repentance(turn away from disobedience) and to obey those that are taking you by force and enslaving you. In America that is said to be giving up and not to be the radical rebels that we by nature are and have been taught to be. Yet I personally was taught to be a pacifist. Yet I find that rebel spirit within my own being and I realize it the way America is by nature to oppression and slavery done by leaders. It is our very nature to be set free without a yoke of bondage caused by our own sin. Yet Jeremiah is saying be silent do not speak back, learn to take the yoke in your youth. He talking to the young and hoping the old remembers their religious upbringing and to remember the ways of God of their youth before sin in the city of Jerusalem reigned int he inner courts of the Jerusalem and beyond.
God is merciful to those in obedience. Jeremiah is calling obedience to those fixing to be oppressed, hoping it will go will for the people that choose to follow the babylonian authority. If person is taken as a prisoner in the United States it better for one them to be silent, and that is their legal right and two to cooperate with the legal law if they understand it. Yet if one is imprisoned injusticely it much hard concept to agree to obey. In truth most know if you obey the law and go to prison willingly you might serve a lighter sentence then you could actually receive. Now with this in mind, a country under seige and going into the arms of the enemy as captives, are not sure if they will be killed, enslaved or pardoned. Jeremiah fait would be that he would be pardoned from his dungeon. and live in captivity in another land but in freedom.
God's mercy is not always seen justifiable. Jeremiah wanted to leave the city when he seen what was to befall him, and that what got him placed in the dungeon. Now with this in mind he was already ensnared before the dungeon by the kings court who listen to the prophets of the day of the events that would occur in Jerusalem. King fait was not so blessed as Jeremiah, he lost his eyes and seen his sons killed. Not in that order. God instruction is to obey those in authority over you while in captivity, and yet why is Jeremiah not saying call on God and fight back with the power of God. Israel was in a state of disobedience to God to the point that to go to war as He done in centuries past was impossible. First you need faith to go against the enemy as in the days of Moses, Joshua, Gideon, Deborah and King David. There must be purification of the heart, it can not come without salvation from God. If you are righteous, and you are stuck in a situation only God can deliver you out of, he can and will fight that battle for you. Jeremiah was a righteous man but feeling the pain of the dungeon on his own flesh, no doubt sores from all the water and sewer he stood in was enough to cause him to wonder about his own fait and yet God keep reminding Jeremiah his salvation and hope was in Him.
Has a Christian why is God just as important to know about as Jesus. God provided salvation through Christ Jesus. Jesus being the word in Jeremiah day, and during the time of Christ, we see the word in human flesh, to only once again see salvation return as the word by the Holy Spirit in our individual life and yet Christ is still our redeemer, God's salvation plan for you and I. God's plan. When we learn to be silent and listen to God something happens. We learn obedience to God in our youth something happens. The dungeon of despair will not remain in our life, but hope of salvation and freedom comes to us. If we go back into exile, are we lost, is our hope gone, no because Jeremiah was still preaching repentance. That is for the backslider, the one that failed to live up to his call of salvation, to those without salvation your call is to repentance and to be saved. For in this world we caught with a yoke of bondage, a yoke of imprisonment because of sin, but it does not have to remain with repentance and obedience to God. We might have to live in obedience to the earthly laws of our land, we might have to obey our boss/teachers, but what happens is submission to God brings about our freedom from this world, because we repented and obey him through out the rest of our life. God is merciful and strengthens us in our situation and give us hope whether enslaved or free, whether in bondage of the world and its elements that fail to allow us in freedom in our world. When one learns not to fight the oppressor freedom comes with hard work and trust. That is what Jeremiah was stressing to Israel to give them hope in the struggle that was causing their captivity because of their sin. God would not abandon them or forsake them, but would allow captivity to remain until they learn submission to God and obedience.
If you believe God speaks to you and your heart about the world you know how dangerous a place this can be without God. You say the wrong things and it can cost you one's freedom, your hope, and even friends/family. If you work hard then it is noticed, unless your in Joseph place who was imprisoned despite his hard labor, but God set him free by prophesy to the king of what his dream was. Obedience is important in the situation despite your own emotions of anger and resentment. To focus on the things of God of the hope of deliverance, and freedom can come from God despite the situation, if one is willing to obey. You are a kings kid once saved and you will one day reign with Him. That Is God's promise to us as believers. Live out your sentence on earth. That how we are much like Joseph, but we are never God. He is merciful in our situation, and he knows our heart. Hold to the faith in Christ, today.
Dear Heavenly Father teach us about our relationship of repentance, obedience and freedom in our youth and bring that reminder to us in our rebellion, our sin, and our failings to serve you in our life. May your mercy reign on this earth in our life. In Jesus precious name, Amen.
Continual Scripture Study for Devotion:Hebrews10:30-39 KJV
30 For we know him that hath said, Vengeance belongeth unto me, I will recompense, saith the Lord. And again, The Lord shall judge his people.
31 It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.
32 But call to remembrance the former days, in which, after ye were illuminated, ye endured a great fight of afflictions;
33 Partly, whilst ye were made a gazingstock both by reproaches and afflictions; and partly, whilst ye became companions of them that were so used.
34 For ye had compassion of me in my bonds, and took joyfully the spoiling of your goods, knowing in yourselves that ye have in heaven a better and an enduring substance.
35 Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompence of reward.
36 For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise.
37 For yet a little while, and he that shall come will come, and will not tarry.
38 Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him.
39 But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition; but of them that believe to the saving of the soul.