Pastor Bill Meadows
January 7, 2014
“Why is my pain perpetual, and my wound incurable, which refuseth to be healed? With thou be altogether unto me as a liar, and as waters that fail” (Jeremiah 15:18).
Here we see Jeremiah saying, “O God, where are you? Why do you seem so far from me. I sat alone, isolated, without anyone caring or knowing where I am.” In the last week I have talked to a few people who ask the same thing. Their life was going down the hill very fast. “Why is this happening?” Here we see the feeling of aloneliness, and anger, frustration and failure, defection and despair, and rejected.
“O God,” he writes where are you in the midst of all my turmoil? To Jeremiah it seem like his prayers was echoing off the walls. It’s seems like there was no response. “O God, why do you not answer me? Are you to busy?”
Jeremiah also experienced rejection as many do today. You and I have known these kinds of feeling, haven’t we? Have there not been times in your life when you, like Jeremiah have cried out to God and said, “I sit alone!”
Jeremiah also experienced rejection. The people had rejected his message and him, and he sat alone in his despair. He was not alone, How about Moses in the wilderness, how about Jesus? “He came unto his own and his own received him not” (John 1:11). In the Old Testament we see these Words, “ He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief; and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not” (Isaiah 53:3).
Like David, and Jeremiah we have also felt that rejection, at one time or another. Rejection comes in many shapes and forms. It may be losing your job after years of hard work or maybe you have experienced rejection when your marriage failed. No matter what it may be like Jeremiah or David you feel like you have been sitting alone.
There are some of you who also know loneliness is like. Like Jeremiah and David they felt isolated and had no support group. Have your family and friends had rejected you like they did with Jesus, Jeremiah, and David? Jeremiah felt the only one who was loyal to him was his scribe, who stood by him. David tells us in Psalms 22:1 “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? Why art thou so far from helping me and from the words of my roaring?” How many of you feel that loneliness? Some of you have known the loneliness of putting your loved one in a nursing home. Some of you know the loneliness each day seeing an empty chair of a love one who use to sit. My mother who is 88 years old. Some times she will be over at my house. There are some things we as a family have to give up, but I told my dad she would not gointo a nursing home. Mom’s mind is not all there, but we do what we can until we can’t do any longer. I have a real sick daughter and there are times we have to be there. We will be there when we can for her, and we have!
What is the answer ? We find it in Jeremiah 15:19. “Therefore thus said the LORD, If thou return, then will I bring thee again, and thou shalt stand before me: and if thou take forth the precious from the vile, thou shalt be as my mouth: let them return unto thee; but return not thou unto them.” God is telling Jeremiah to turn, you will receive strength and support.
Jeremiah found that in his loneliness he was not really alone. And neither are we. “And he said, My presence shall go with thee, and I will give thee rest” (Exodus 33:14). The devil doesn’t want us to read this. People, there is nothing, absolutely nothing that can separate us from the presence of God. God is even present to sustain us. All we have to do is just turn and recogaize that God is present to undergird and support us. When life crashes in, turn like Jeremiah to God, and you will discover that God is already working, nurture you, love you, and sustain you. You don’t have to bear it alone. He is there to support you.
“Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and lo I am with you always, even until the end of the world. Amen” (Matthew 28:20). So, why don’t you learn on God as your Savior?