Jeremiah's Prayer

“So correct me, Lord, but please be gentle. Do not correct me in anger, for I would die.” Jeremiah 10:24

Have you ever felt like Jeremiah in this verse? You know you messed up. You know you messed up a lot. But, you really don't want to have to take the kind of lumps you deserve for it.

In reading the 10th Chapter of Jeremiah, we find that the Israelites messed up. They didn't just mess up a little--they messed up a lot. God has issued a warning to the people of Israel. They are told to "get out of Dodge" (Judah) because He is going to bring destruction, and make the land a "haunt for jackals." The people are no longer serving God, but have turned to idols. God is angry. (Sounds a bit like modern day America, doesn't it?)

We are all in need of correction at times--some more than others. Have you ever had to count to 10 before dealing with someone to avoid exploding on them in anger?

I love this verse in Jeremiah's prayer, because he humbly asks God to count to 10 before bringing forth his discipline. And, in love, God answers Jeremiah's request.

May God correct you--gently--this week. And, may this be the best week you've ever had in your life.

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