If we see someone in a position of influence betray the standards they profess, most of us are not just reluctant ever to trust that person again: we even struggle with our memories of their past good deeds. Should we just write them off?
On a number of occasions, people I deeply trusted and admired as friends and outstanding Christians have betrayed the standards they openly avowed. The pain of it has at times been like a knife twisted in my gut. Is it possible to ever trust such people again?
Jeremiah is often known as a prophet of ‘doom and gloom.’ Yet, in the middle of a passage denouncing Israel’s sins and warning of coming judgement, we find this gem of encouragement – a manifesto concerning the true source of fulfilment in life and God’s agenda for bringing us into that place.