Today's encouragement comes from Jeremiah 14:1 & 2, where we read these words:
"The word of the LORD that came to Jeremiah concerning the droughts. 'Judah mourns, and her gates languish; they mourn for the land, and the cry of Jerusalem has gone up. . . . ' "
Those of us living in middle America these days know what a "drought" is--as we are experiencing a big one this summer. Sometimes droughts are provisional judgments of God, (sometimes they are not). Judah was a theocracy. The drought of Jer., ch. 14 was clearly a judgment on the sins of the covenant community.
The drought in America today may well be the result of civil wicked-ness--as some of the recent legislation in this country is highly God-dishonoring, and they provoke God's wrath. (The promotion of sodomy is a perfect example of this.)
[Puritan quote of the day: "Surely they mistake who think the life of godliness is not a comfortable life . . . " --Jeremiah Burroughs, in, "The Excellency of a Gracious Spirit"]