DEEPER LIFE DAILY MANNA JANUARY 4 2018 AN INVITATION TO MOURN
Date: THURSDAY JANUARY 4, 2018
Topic: AN INVITATION TO MOURN
Text: JEREMIAH 9:12-26
KEY VERSE: “Thus saith the Lord of hosts, Consider ye, and call for the mourning women, that they may come; and send for cunning women, that they may come: And let them make haste, and take up a wailing for us, that our eyes may run down with tears, and our eyelids gush out with waters” (JEREMIAH 9:17,18).
Some of us may not be the best preachers or teachers, but even our weak tears can bring a great awakening. The Lord God will never forget those who invested their tears in watering the land for Him; those who with tears awaken the deadened consciences of people who cannot weep for themselves.
At a time of overwhelming judgment against sinful Israel, a mark of preservation was set only on two classes of people: those who sighed and those wept over the iniquities of the land (Ezekiel 9:4). In the verses under consideration today, a prophetic demand was made for mourners to weep over the nation of Israel.
When the Lord begins to call for lamentation over the nations, it is an indication that the situation needs urgent intervention. The Church has the ability to awaken Christ-like righteousness; but if we are at ease in Zion, the land sinks deeper into the mire of sin. While we are busy with necessary activities to keep life going, we must never forget our most important duty – preaching and weeping over our communities filled with gross immorality, idolatry and wickedness. Sadly, the voice of preaching men and women to warn and lead sinners to Christ has surprisingly silent in many places today.
Our tears over the nations speaks powerfully. In days of His flesh, our Lord Jesus Christ wept over the city of Jerusalem. Jeremiah was a weeping prophet over Israel. God stores our tears and transcribes them in words which are preserved in His book of record (Psalm 56:8). That book of record echoes our voices of supplication long after we may have ceased praying or forgotten that we have even prayed.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: Saint’s tears sometimes speak louder than their words.
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