Do we need drought to come in order to recognize God’s place and our position? Today we see a contrition of spirit in God’s people which is not common enough in our daily lives. Perhaps if we live with this spirit we may not need rock bottom to pursue God’s best…
7 Although our sins testify against us,
do something, Lord, for the sake of your name.
For we have often rebelled;
we have sinned against you.
8 You who are the hope of Israel,
its Savior in times of distress,
why are you like a stranger in the land,
like a traveler who stays only a night?
9 Why are you like a man taken by surprise,
like a warrior powerless to save?
You are among us, Lord,
and we bear your name;
do not forsake us!
From the rock bottom of drought and a complete loss of hope comes the prayer for mercy. Why do we need to get to rock bottom before we will pray such a prayer? Why does life have to get to its worst in order for some to pursue life’s best? Yet we know this is the way for some.
The prayer of Jeremiah 14 is offered from the position of deep knowledge of the ways of God. The request is for the Lord to act for his name’s sake. God’s nature and reputation as the Saviour of his people is the basis of their prayer for his intervention in their lives. When we pray, we ought to pray in the direction of God’s character and his will.
This is how Judah prays in their season of drought. And they ask for God’s help in spite of the depth of their sin, which they recognize. Their iniquities testify against them, their apostasies are many, and they hope that God’s mercy and compassion will overflow on their sin to wash it away.
I am reminded of David’s prayer in Psalm 51. He tells God that the Lord is right when he speaks and justified when he judges David. David admits that his sin is always before him and asks that God will blot out his transgressions.
There is a contrition of spirit here which I estimate is not common enough in our daily lives in relationship with God. The 1John 1:9 confession and cleansing seems much more simple and easy than the humble begging for mercy we see here.
Do we need drought to come in order to recognize God’s place and our position?
May it never be. May we lay out our transgression before God now and ask for his mercy as if our very lives depend on it. Frankly, because they do…