When things go wrong, many of us look to God wondering why? We recognize that there are some truly evil people in the world, but my question is will we believe God enough to know that he is righteous and just enough to hold all those who dishonored his people accountable for their actions?
Jeremiah 23:1-8 focuses on leaders and rulers of God’s people who were not honoring their position as leaders. They were destroying his children, scattering them, driving them away, and not visiting them. God was not happy and sent Jeremiah, the prophet, to be the messenger of what God was going to do. He promised restoration, increase, and fruitfulness to his children. He prophesied that he would establish new rulers who would lead in accordance to his will.
In the same way, many of God’s children are experiencing the same thing. Reading this made me think of what some call church hurt which is not necessarily a building, but people like the rulers of this chapter who abused their authority and hurt those they were supposed to cover.
This is a serious issue because this abuse and feeling of abandonment has hardened the hearts of so many causing them to be far from God. To those who may be experiencing this, I’d like you to consider seeing God as Jehovah Tsidkenu.
In this chapter, God established himself as the Lord our righteousness. He is just and has already promised to raise up leaders who will execute justice on this earth.
Today, read Chapter 23. Think of what was happening then and recognize how that looks today. Create a T-Chart with one side identifying the sins against Gods people and the other side identifying God’s promise for justice. You will find that God’s promise for justice is far greater than the sins of the leaders towards his children. Underneath your T-chart, ask God to pray for the shepherds who did not cover his flock in accordance to his will. Pray that the flock who have been driven away would come into the knowledge of God and have an encounter with his love that helps them to see God as righteous. Ask for forgiveness for any anger you may embody and then ask God to forgive those who have dishonored him.
Whether we see justice manifest in the natural or not, my prayer is that we see, trust, and love God enough to know that he is faithful and true to his word. He is our righteousness and justice will be served as he sees fit!