Jeremiah was called to a ministry of crisis. From his calling to his conclusion, Jeremiah’s life and ministry was one of sorrow and struggle. He was a man of great faith in the midst of a faithless generation, called to preach judgment to his beloved people. But as we read through Jeremiah’s preaching, as well as his emotional confessions and lamentations, we see a man who was,never a dispassionate observer of his nation’s sufferings, but entered into the anguish of the people and suffered with them.
By observing his struggle, the Lord sets before us warning and direction as we wrestle with God’s chastening. What will God’s refining work provoke in us? Bitterness? Accusation? Presumption? Growing hardness? Faith and repentance? Lustrous silver? Or only dross?
Listen to “Crisis Management” as we examine Jeremiah 14 and consider how the prophet’s lament in a time of crisis warns and instructs us as we respond to God’s refining work.