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Please Be Gentle

Please Be Gentle

12 August 2009

Scripture:

23 I know, Lord, that a person’s life is not his own. No one is able to plan his own course. 24 So correct me, Lord, but please be gentle. Do not correct me in anger, for I would die. (Jeremiah 10:23-24 NLT)

When I read the book of Jeremiah each year it’s almost like I’m reading his journal. There’s a continual dialog going on between Jeremiah and the Lord. Sometimes it’s God speaking to Jeremiah a message of judgment on Judah, Israel, or another nation. Sometimes it’s God speaking something very personal to Jeremiah.

In other parts, and this is often all in the same section, Jeremiah is asking God a question about something he doesn’t understand, honestly complaining about a difficult situation, or praying.

Jeremiah’s prayer of acknowledgment – acknowledging that “God is God and I am not” – and his request that God would correct him – but gently – struck a chord in my own heart today.

It is important to remain a little child before the good God. Never be disheartened by your failures. Children often fall, but they are too little to do themselves much harm. Therese of Lisieux

I need God’s correction so that I will do better. But I need to be corrected gently because I’m not very strong.

For he understands how weak we are; he knows we are only dust. (Psalm 103:14 NLT)

Prayer:

I know, Lord, that my life is not my own. I am not able to plan my own course. 24 So correct me, Lord, but please be gentle. Do not correct me in anger, for I would die. (Jeremiah 10:23-24 NLT)

Thank you, Father, for caring enough about me to correct me and for loving me enough to correct me gently so I will not die. Amen.

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