It can be easy to feel the world is against us sometimes. There are days when nothing seems to go our way. We might be the subject of office gossip. People may jump to conclusions about our good intentions before they know all the facts.
Jeremiah felt this way. “Come, let us contrive a plot against Jeremiah.” The people did not like what he said and convinced themselves they could gain wisdom apart from God.
Jeremiah asks, “Must good be repaid with evil?” His life is filled with evil retribution for speaking the words God gave him. What can give him peace in such a time? The assurance that Jeremiah “stood before you to speak in their behalf, to turn away your wrath from them.” It is the knowledge he was only doing the will of God in his life. God made Jeremiah the voice for the words of God.
How are you the voice for the words of God? How do you help people to come to see and understand what it is God wants? For that is the task of Lent: to become closer to Jesus and to love neighbor more. And this is best done when we cooperate with the grace of God.
Let us pray.
Dear Jesus, help me to remember that as a Christian, I am to witness in your name. I know there are times when this is not always easy, but I know with your grace I am empowered to do anything for you. Make me more aware of your grace so that I can grow closer to you and can help others to do the same. I make this prayer in the name of Jesus. Amen.
Music: Cheezy Piano Medley by Alexander Nakarada