Jeremiah’s story is one of conversation. He was called to prophesy during and after the reign of King Josiah. Josiah was a good king. He cleaned up the temple, removed idol altars from the land, and found the book of Deuteronomy. It seemed God’s people might turn from their wicked ways. But their change was outward and God’s words through Jeremiah were of doom and destruction. Jeremiah’s call was hard, painful, and dangerous at times.
We can get a glimpse of Jeremiah’s heart through the prayers he prayed. Eugene Peterson calls Jeremiah the praying prophet.
Read Jeremiah 15:15-17
What can you discern about Jeremiah’s heart as he begins to pray?
Read Jeremiah 15:18
What emotions do you recognize in this verse?
Read Jeremiah 15:18 again.
The Message paraphrases Jeremiah’s words as:
You’re nothing, God, but a mirage, a lovely oasis in the distance—and then nothing!
What thoughts come to mind as you consider these words?
What do they reveal about Jeremiah’s trust in God?
Are you willing to be this blunt in your prayer life? Why or why not?