Jeremiah 6: Left to Sorrow
It is a very difficult thing to know that your judgment is coming but be entirely powerless when it comes to stop it. In Jeremiah 6, we hear about the remnant of Jerusalem and the people particularly of the tribe of Benjamin who will remain faithful. However, that doesn’t make up for all of the problems in Israel.
Jer 6:22 Thus saith the LORD, Behold, a people cometh from the north country, and a great nation shall be raised from the sides of the earth.
Jer 6:23 They shall lay hold on bow and spear; they are cruel, and have no mercy; their voice roareth like the sea; and they ride upon horses, set in array as men for war against thee, O daughter of Zion.
Jer 6:24 We have heard the fame thereof: our hands wax feeble: anguish hath taken hold of us, and pain, as of a woman in travail.
Jer 6:25 Go not forth into the field, nor walk by the way; for the sword of the enemy and fear is on every side.
Jer 6:26 O daughter of my people, gird thee with sackcloth, and wallow thyself in ashes: make thee mourning, as for an only son, most bitter lamentation: for the spoiler shall suddenly come upon us.
It pretty much seems as if sorrow was the only option left. As we had talked about previously, God already knew the future and knew that the people would not return to Him. Therefore, there was really nothing else that could possibly happen. The people had made their choice; they had decided that they were not going to follow God. That also meant that they had chosen conquering.
I think that we can stumble into this as well. We want to pick and choose what we want. We want to make certain choices, but we don’t want the consequences. I am sure that that would have been the response that Jeremiah would have gotten from the people of Israel. He would have proclaimed the aforementioned passage, and we know that the people would not have changed their actions. However, I am positive that some of those people would have tried to rationalize their behavior in their heads and affirmed that God would never allow His chosen people to face judgment. There is no Biblical backing for that position, but I think that is what we try to do far too often. We think that we can do whatever we want and avoid the consequences of our actions. The world doesn’t work that way.
The application I took away from this is that I don’t want to end up in a situation where I make decisions that lead me into bad circumstances like this. If the people had been doing what they should have been doing, this wouldn’t have been a problem. Following the will of God will put you where you need to be.