Points of Application from Jeremiah 17 – 20

In life, all that we have is that which we have experienced, what we are currently living, and our anticipation for what will
occur tomorrow. The heart of man in this world is his mind and with what it is educated. If he allows the education of this world to be the supreme controller of his life, then the path taken will be a deceitful path because the heart has ways that no one knows but the one who thinks and sets his own course (cf. Genesis 6:5). The Lord said, however, that the heart is deceitful above all things; this means that if one sets his own course, it will be on a path that only he knows. It may be that he thinks he has hidden his way from others, but the Lord knows the path the individual man walks – and He knows it well (He sees everything before Him). On the other hand, if he allows the Lord to educate him, if he walks the course the Lord sets forth, then man’s path is clear and safe.

I have heard it said quite a number of times that our generation (that is, my own) has grown up rejecting authority. Perhaps, it was
the half-generation before mine where this philosophy first got its start (the radicals of the 1960’s); in any case, to grow up and look at authority as something to be challenged is a deadly game of “cat and mouse.” The significant problem with that is the mouse NEVER gets away; it is always caught. When people stand in direct opposition to the Lord’s word it is apparent they think they are going to get away with it. They never look beyond this current life and consider that they will be called to account by the One they rejected. It is a responsibility of ours to live and willingly submit to the Lord’s authority, but also to tell others of a coming day of judgment.

Apart from reading I really don’t understand clinical depression; I understand depression, but that is a bit different than clinical depression. What I do understand, I think, anyone of us can understand; we have all experienced depression to some varying degree. It seems clear to me that Jeremiah experienced/suffered depression to the degree that all of us have; his solution, however, was not
the solution that many of us have adopted. When Jeremiah said he was no longer going to proclaim the Lord’s will (depressed as he was), the fire within would not allow him to suppress it (20:9). That’s the solution—the Lord’s will. Depression’s sentiment is connected to feeling rejected (a failure) and unworthy of anyone’s interest. That does not apply to the Lord, though. As long as we have an interest in Him and His way, there will never be a time that He is not interested in us, and even when we feel as if we have failed Him, He is
still very much interested in us (cf. John 3:16). Somehow or another we need to put our arms around this and hold tightly. This life-line will be the only thing that will pull us through to the other side where we desire to hear: “well done thou good and faith servant; enter in into the joy of your Lord!”