“Oh, that my head were a spring of water and my eyes a fountain of tears! I would weep day and night for the slain of my people.” Jeremiah 9:1
What are some of the reasons people cry? They cry when they are hurt physically. Maybe you have seen people cry when they are extremely happy. And then, there are people like Jeremiah who cry in disappointment. Jeremiah is so well known for his tears that he is sometimes called “the weeping prophet.” He cried tears of disappointment.
Let’s get to know Jeremiah…and the reason for his tears.
God had selected and called Jeremiah even while he was a young boy. He wanted Jeremiah to serve Him as a prophet. He was going to speak words from God to God’s people, Israel. Even though Jeremiah couldn’t believe that God wanted to use him, the Lord really did! Hopefully, you realize as Jeremiah came to learn: No matter what your age is, God can and wants to use you!
The message that God wanted to communicate to His people through Jeremiah was not one that caused him to smile. Jeremiah reminded the people that they had wandered from God. Instead of worshiping the Lord, they were disobeying Him and following other gods. The one true God was not happy.
As a result, Jeremiah told them that God was going to bring punishment on His beloved people. You have probably experienced that with your parents. Out of love, they disciplined you. Sometimes God does the same. He was going to bring the Babylonians to them. Through the Babylonians, God’s people would suffer and even be carried off. Even though it was Jeremiah’s job to warn the people, that message made him sad.
But God was using even these events to lead up to the coming of Jesus!