“Thus saith the Lord; Refrain thy voice from weeping, and thine eyes from tears: for thy work shall be
rewarded, saith the Lord; and they shall come again from the land of the enemy.” (Jer. 31:16)
Stephen had been brought up on the mission field. He professed faith in Christ at an early age and had been
the means of leading several to the Lord. When he first came back to the States to attend college, he
maintained a good testimony. But then he began to drift. Coldness set in. He compromised with sin. Soon
he began to dabble in Eastern religions.
When his parents came home on furlough, they were heartsick. They pled, reasoned, and entreated, but he
was adamant. Finally they went to visit him where he lived with three others. What they saw there utterly
crushed them. They went home and wept bitterly.
They went to bed and tried to sleep but it was useless. Finally at 4 a.m. they decided to get up and have
their morning devotions. Ordinarily they would have been reading Jeremiah 31 on that day, but the husband
said, “Not Jeremiah!” thinking that the weeping prophet would have no comfort for them. But the Lord
overruled and they turned to Jeremiah 31. When they got to the 16th verse, they read, “Refrain thy voice
from weeping, and thine eyes from tears: for thy work shall be rewarded, saith the Lord; and they shall
come again from the land of the enemy.”
Thousands of Christian parents today are brokenhearted, mourning over rebel sons and daughters. When
they pray, the heavens seem like brass. They begin to wonder if God ever can or will restore the backslider.
They should remember that no case is too hard for the Lord. They should continue in prayer, watching in
the same with thanksgiving. They should plead the promises of God’s Word.
When the mother referred to above wondered if she had been justified in claiming Jeremiah 31:16, she read
in Isaiah 49:25, “I will contend with him that contendeth with thee, and I will save thy children.”
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Below is a meditation written, by Mr. William MacDonald. 1917-2007
FLOYD PIERCE will be our speaker at our 11 a.m.
Family Bible Hour on Sunday, AUGUST 24, 2014. Along
with his wife Helen, Floyd served the Lord as a
Missionary in Brazil for 35 years. The Helen Leticia
Pierce Christian Schools may be seen at
www.escolacrista.com Floyd serves as an elder and
Sunday School teacher in an elective class that
currently studies the Acts of the Apostles. They have
three grown children and many foster children in Brazil.
They are grandparents to nine grandchildren and six
great grandchildren. They offer free Bible
correspondence courses in English and Portuguese at
this site. Click here