324 Weeping and Rejoicing

“No one is like You, O Lord; You are great, and Your name is mighty in power. Who should not revere You, O King of the nations? This is Your due” (Jeremiah 10:6,7). “(Jeremiah) answered, ‘Amen, Lord!’” (11:5)

Is this the weeping prophet! The one who wrote Lamentations and whose prophetic book is full of doom and gloom! And here he is bursting out in praise.

What a character Jeremiah was: one who wore his heart on his sleeve and ricochetted from the highest to the depths in the space of a couple of sentences.

You forget, Scripture is inspired by My Spirit; and so was the true prophetic gift that was given to Jeremiah. Certainly his own emotions were always involved as you can see by his times of overwhelming sadness, the occasions when he broke out in complaint and the ecstatic joy that burst out of him now and then. But under it all was the revelation given to him by My Spirit, not only of what I intended to do, but also of who I am.

You experience the same. One day you can read the Scriptures as just words on a page: interesting but impersonal. Yet another time the same words, applied to your heart by My Spirit, bring you a rush of sadness or a torrent of joy. But the underpinning factor of life in the Spirit is not emotion but faith: that solid, unmoving foundation that will hold you steady in good times and bad. It is by faith not feeling that you can sing, “I shall not be moved”.

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