Lament is in the air for the recipients of Jeremiah’s prophesy and lament is in the air in our world today and lament is in the atmosphere in our nation. The prophet Jeremiah was lamenting over the conditions he faced bringing a word from the Lord to God’s disobedient people, the people were lamenting about their troubling circumstances and God was lamenting over the reluctance of the covenant people to fully embrace his divine plans for their wholeness.
As deep cries proceed from the hearts of the victims of judgment and indictment, the Lord is addressed. “You who are my Comforter in sorrow, my heart is faint within me. Listen to the cry of my people from a land far away.” Along with the cries for attention and mercy come the questions of theodicy. That is, if God is so powerful, righteous, and loving, then why so much pain? “ Is the Lord not in Zion? Is her King no longer there? Then why so much suffering?
This is a question regarding the length of suffering, dislocation, upheaval, and sorrow. What was expected to last for a while has now continued into the present and appears to define the emerging future. “The harvest is past, the summer has ended, and we are not saved.” The prophet takes on his spirit the cause of the people of his nation. “Oh, that my head were a spring of water and my eyes a fountain of tears! I would weep day and night for the slain of my people.” But as a person of faith and a servant of the Most High, who is a witness to the miracle-working power of God, he raises the question that is only answered by divine intervention and deliverance, “Is there no balm in Gilead? Is there no physician there?
Spiritual hope is grounded in the assertion that “There Is a Balm in Gilead!”
Dumas A. Harshaw, Jr., Ph.D, Senior Pastor
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