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May the beautiful message of Easter, captured in this old beloved hymn, fill your hearts this season!
Why do You allow all this, God? In the world there’s war, violence, famine, epidemics, and natural disasters. Throughout time, people have pondered the so-called problem of suffering: Why does God allow suffering and distress?
The prophet Jeremiah was “sanctified” and “ordained” as “a prophet unto the nations” before his birth (Jer. 1:5). Despite his lamentation over being called as a young person to serve God, he was given a twofold mission: “The Lord said unto me, Behold, I have put my words in thy mouth. See, I have this day set thee over the nations and over the kingdoms, to root out, and to pull down, and to destroy, and to throw down, to build, and to plant” (Jer. 1:9,10). Therefore, despite his own feelings of lacking, Jeremiah faithfully prophesied of God’s judgment for the ungodliness and sinfulness of the people, and he also proclaimed hope and salvation to those who humbled themselves to repentance.
Where is the best place to be for all of us? Where can we be free, rest, eat, and be comforted? Where are our dearest ones? Wouldn’t, “At home,” be our reply? Home is where our heart is, they say. Although a family’s temporal home can be seen as a building, the building itself is nothing without our loved ones. Home is a place of refuge where we are welcomed and loved even if we are weak and faulty. Even though we say things that hurt our loved ones, we fret and grumble, we tire and are impatient; we are loved at home just as we are. We can take care of matters with the gospel and move on.