“Jeremiah’s Terrible, No Good, Very Bad Day”

find your joy in the Lord

Jeremiah 15 Alexander is a storybook character where nothing seems to go right in his world, and he tells Mother that it is a terrible, no good, very bad day. She assures him that no matter where you are, there will always be such days. That is where we find Jeremiah. He is having an Alexander Day, and it is terrible, no good and very bad.

“I wish I never was born; Lord, you know how I suffer; everyone treats me with contempt. I am all alone and have not one friend. Oh, woe is me!” [Jer 15:10] Perhaps you are just like Jeremiah, and your situation is terrible, no good, and very bad. If so, take a page out of Jeremiah’s diary as he finishes his quiet time. “As your words came to me, I drank them in, and they filled my heart with joy and happiness because I belong to you.” [Jer 15:16]

Again, Jeremiah complained to God, who said:  ‘You must repent of such words and thoughts!” [Jer 15:19] “I will make you strong as a wall to these people…they will not be able to overcome you; I will be with you to rescue you and deliver you.”  [Jer 15:20] We all need God to come alongside us to be our encourager because, like Jeremiah, we have those Alexander/Jeremiah days.

If you can relate, God has heard your lament, and He says:

repent of such words! I am your joy, and I will be your deliverer.

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