Although our sins testify against us, do something, LORD, for the sake of your name. For we have often rebelled; we have sinned against you. Jeremiah 14:7
How should believers communicate with God when they are experiencing the consequences of their sin? Should we just suck it up and endure the results? Does God listen to our prayers for help when we are standing in the penalty of our own rebellion? Today's passage helps us answer these questions.
Israel had rejected God. They had turned to other gods and worshiped created things rather than the Creator. As always, sin has consequences. In order to get the attention of His rebellious children, God sent a drought and famine. Earlier in the passage, we learn that servants are sent for water but return with empty jars; the ground was cracked; the doe deserted her newborn fawn; wild donkeys "stand on the barren heights and pant like jackals." But here's one of the important lessons we realize from this verse: Even in our self-inflicted circumstances, we can and should cry out to God for His help.
No doubt some of you reading this are experiencing the pain of self-inflicted wounds. You have lost the things you love, and you have no one to blame but yourself. You feel empty and alone. And you are doing your best to endure. You feel that God does not want you to ask for His help. Read Israel's prayer: "Although our sins testify against us, do something, Lord, for the sake of your name." God wants to help you! The Father comes to help us on the journey by giving us what we don't deserve. That's called grace. And He doesn't give us what we do deserve. That's called mercy.
Father, thank You for Your grace and mercy in our lives. We are unworthy of Your love, yet You love us. We are unworthy of Your help, yet You come to our aid in Your timing and will. We are unworthy of Your forgiveness, yet You sent Jesus to pay the penalty for all of our sins on the cross. Help us never to hold back from calling on You for help. In Jesus' name. Amen.