If you’re following the schedule, you should read these chapters today: Judges 3, Acts 7, Jeremiah 16, Mark 2. Click on any of those references to see all the passages in one long page on BibleGateway. If you can't do all the readings today, read Jeremiah 16.
Jeremiah suffered much as a prophet of the Lord. We’ll see some other ways he suffered in later chapters, but today we see that the Lord commanded him not to marry, denying him the joys of family life (16:1-4), attend a funeral (vv. 507) or a party (vv. 8-9). So, basically, he could have no social life at all. Couldn’t be a good family man, a good friend in death, or the life of the party. All of this to make a big point to Israel about the coming judgment of the Lord on Judah.
Yet in verses 19-21, Jeremiah turned to the Lord for comfort and strength. Instead of becoming bitter about the normalcy of life that the Lord denied him and turning away from God because of that bitterness, Jeremiah turned TO the Lord in his times of suffering, calling God his “strength… fortress… and refuge” 21a. This is a good reminder to us when God allows the harsh providences of life to hit us; turn TO the Lord, not away from him no matter how disappointing the circumstances of life are.
Now for your thoughts: What stood out in your Bible reading for today? What questions do you have about what you read? What are your thoughts about what I wrote above? Post them in the comments below or on our Facebook page. And, feel free to answer and interact with the questions and comments of others. Have a great day; we'll talk scripture again tomorrow.