Day 9 | Tuesday | DISEASE OF INTROSPECTION

15 Lord, you understand;
remember me and care for me.
Avenge me on my persecutors.
You are long-suffering—do not take me away;
think of how I suffer reproach for your sake.
16 When your words came, I ate them;
they were my joy and my heart’s delight,
for I bear your name,
Lord God Almighty.
17 I never sat in the company of revelers,
never made merry with them;
I sat alone because your hand was on me
and you had filled me with indignation.
18 Why is my pain unending
and my wound grievous and incurable?
You are to me like a deceptive brook,
like a spring that fails.

19 Therefore this is what the Lord says:
“If you repent, I will restore you
that you may serve me;
if you utter worthy, not worthless, words,
you will be my spokesman.
Let this people turn to you,
but you must not turn to them.

—Jeremiah 15:15-19

Exercise

God invites Jeremiah to be a difference-maker in this world. However, along the way he gets lost in introspection. Notice the number first person pronouns he uses (17). He feels like a victim. Jeremiah has lost his perspective about how much he matters to God, and how important he is as God’s representative in the world.

Take a few minutes and talk to God about any indignation you may feel about your life or circumstances. And then listen for what God has to say to you.