👉 The situation isn’t great for the people (v 2-6). There is:
• no water or rain
• no grass or vegetation
👉 So, Jeremiah pleads on behalf of the people (v 7-9). He confesses to:
And he asks the Lord to:
• please act
• do not leave
But the Lord knows that, while the people may be hating their current situation, their hearts had not changed (v 10).
👉 As frustrated as I get reading these passages, I can only imagine how frustrating it was for Jeremiah to live it.
“Why,” we might ask. Why didn’t the people just straighten up, listen to the Lord, and do the right things?
And the answer is right there in verse 13.
The people listened to false prophets who promised peace.
The false prophets guaranteed them safety and peace. But – here’s the thing about false prophets – they’re false. They lie. They offer things that they do not have the ability to deliver.
Think of all the places you’ve gone – things you’ve tried – people you’ve chased – trying to find peace. And you didn’t find it because those people, places and things did not have the ability to give it.
“I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace.” John 16:33
Only Jesus brings true peace. Only Jesus.