Run With The Horses

Ever been rebuked? Not in the demeaning way, but in the coaching way? Where someone took time to look beyond your emotions, your complaints and your weariness to see the real issue.

They refuse to coddle you. They did not show up at your pity party. They do not cater to the victim spirit. Nor did they demean you. Belittle you. Or put you down.

Rather, they see who you are, what you are called to do and where you are going. They speak not to the defeated and depressed you. But to the victorious and triumphant you.

That’s what God is doing to the prophet Jeremiah here. If you think your life and circumstance are bad, consider his. Jeremiah is called to speak to a people who will not listen to him, to do so symbolically, to endure mockery even imprisonment, while watching his home town be assaulted by an invading army. I doubt many of us can say our lives rise up to that horrific assignment. One would think, God would give him some extra grace in his complaining and suffering. That God would emphasize to his list of grievances about the unfairness of life (Jeremiah 12:1-4).

He does not. Rather, God gives the weary prophet, and us, a picture of miraculous proportions. God takes our eyes away from the challenge to the prize. He turns our neck from despair to delight. He puts our focus on something supernatural. No man or woman can run with the horses. It is not humanly possible. Horses are built for speed, endurance and trial. Humans not so much. Yet, God tells this prophet, and us, that is what we are made for…to run with horses.

SERMONS

Ward Tanneberg - April 29, 2018

A Prophet's Lament

From Series: "Run With The Horses"

If you think your life and circumstance are bad, consider his. Jeremiah is called to speak to a people who will not listen to him, to do so symbolically, to endure mockery even imprisonment, while watching his home town be assaulted by an invading army. I doubt many of us can say our lives rise up to that horrific assignment. One would think, God would give him some extra grace in his complaining and suffering. That God would emphasize to his list of grievances about the unfairness of life (Jeremiah 12:1-4). He does not. Rather, God gives the weary prophet, and us, a picture of miraculous proportions. God takes our eyes away from the challenge to the prize. He turns our neck from despair to delight. He puts our focus on something supernatural. No man or woman can run with the horses. It is not humanly possible. Horses are built for speed, endurance and trial. Humans not so much. Yet, God tells this prophet, and us, that is what we are made for...to run with horses.

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