O Lord, you know; remember me and visit me, and bring down retribution for me on my persecutors. In your forbearance do not take me away; know that on your account I suffer insult. Your words were found, and I ate them, and your words became to me a joy and the delight of my heart; for I am called by your name, O Lord, God of hosts. I did not sit in the company of merrymakers, nor did I rejoice; under the weight of your hand I sat alone, for you had filled me with indignation. Why is my pain unceasing, my wound incurable, refusing to be healed? Truly, you are to me like a deceitful brook, like waters that fail. Therefore thus says the Lord: If you turn back, I will take you back, and you shall stand before me. If you utter what is precious, and not what is worthless, you shall serve as my mouth. It is they who will turn to you, not you who will turn to them. And I will make you to this people a fortified wall of bronze; they will fight against you, but they shall not prevail over you, for I am with you to save you and deliver you, says the Lord. I will deliver you out of the hand of the wicked, and redeem you from the grasp of the ruthless.
Food for Thought:
The writer in Jeremiah is very upset in this passage and wants revenge against his enemies. I think it is so interesting we want justice for our enemies but grace for ourselves. We spend all too much time worrying about whether other people are getting their just desserts. Today, I would encourage you to think about one of your enemies (this may even be another political party or a person with a different theological slant than yours) and seek to find a common ground with them today.
Gracious God, we come before you this day praying for our enemies. We pray that we may have a change of heart in how we respond to those who are different from us. Guide us to be your faithful disciples and to truly live out your message of love. In your holy and precious name we pray, Amen.