This week we will see two parallel themes. First, rejection of both Christ and of John the Baptist; then expansion – of Christ’s ministry by delegating his authority to his disciples.
When things are looking very bad, the one thing we perhaps fear the most is that they will never look good again. Diving into this bottomless pit of awfulness is is self-destructive. We have permission to rejoice. As long as we’re looking to the Lord for help, this worst case scenario will never be true.
Once again, Jeremiah leads the way in seeing light at the end of a seemingly endless tunnel of gloom. If it was bad, he saw it. If it was difficult, he endured it. And he was no superman – he cried and griped often along the way. But when it was all over and he was right in the midst of a well-desevered lengthy lament, he just couldn’t help but observe the following, leaving us with a profound message of hope:
God’s compassion is inevitable.
“For the Lord will not cast off forever.
Though He causes grief,
Yet He will show compassion
According to the multitude of His mercies.
For He does not afflict willingly,
Nor grieve the children of men.”
– Lamentations 3:31-33 (NKJV)