Wednesday, December 07, 2022


The prophet Jeremiah, during a difficult drought in the land of Judah, received a word from the Lord about how the kingdom of Judah was being  affected by the severe drought that had come as a judgement against them for their wicked ways. 

The drought destroyed agriculture, urban life, the lives of the elite people of Judah's society and even wild animals were being decimated by the lack of rain.

The people of Judah had refused to follow the ways of God but instead rushed into the paths of wickedness.

Under the pressure from the drought, their introspection made them realize  that their own faithless conduct had offended their God and they owned up to their sins and the sins of their ancestors as Jeremiah chapter 14 verse 20 says;

We acknowledge our wickedness, LORD, and the guilt of our ancestors; we have indeed sinned against you.

As the people began to accept their responsibility for their sins before the Lord, they also began to understand that they had taken their Lord for granted. 

They had sidled up to foreign idols and had failed to notice that these entities were inert and powerless to sustain their lives. They also came to understand that nature itself was not what reliably provided for their needs.

 They realised that it was their God, the God of Jacob, who was able to bring rain year-in and year-out so as to keep the ravages of drought away.

This realization is recorded in Jeremiah chapter 14 verse 22 this way;

Do any of the worthless idols of the nations bring rain? Do the skies themselves send down showers? No, it is you, LORD our God. Therefore our hope is in you, for you are the one who does all this.


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