Day 11: The Time Has Come to Wail

Kimberly Wagner

Kimberly Wagner | 09.28.08
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Scripture Focus: Jeremiah 2

“Consider and call for the mourning women, that they may come; and send for the wailing women, that they may come! Let them make haste and take up a wailing for us, that our eyes may shed tears and our eyelids flow with water. For a voice of wailing is heard from Zion, ‘How are we ruined! We are put to great shame.’” —Jeremiah 9:17-19, NASB

“When I read articles about the spread sheets college women keep about their sexual activities, or when I watch how the Christian men I know struggle to avoid the parade of barely dressed women before them at a mall or restaurant, or when I have to turn over all ten women’s magazines at the grocery checkout because my nieces can now read their soft-porn headlines—I find I am more than shocked; I am deeply grieved. This is what feminism has done to improve the standing of women? It’s a very poor trade-off, indeed.” —Carolyn McCulley1

 Do you ever consider what God might say to America today?

Perhaps the most disturbing cultural transformation that developed from the feminist movement of the 1960s and 70s was the sexual revolution. The role reversal of genders was not limited to issues in the workplace, shared responsibilities in the home, or political and social equality; the feminist agenda found its way into the bedroom. Even some feminists are now shocked by the extent of their revolution. One of their authors notes, “The downside is we’ve raised a generation of young women—and men—who don’t understand sexual ethics like: Don’t sleep with a married man; don’t sleep with a married woman. … They don’t see sex as sacred or even very important anymore. That’s been lost.”2

The book of Jeremiah was written as a message of rebuke and judgment to the people of God. They had adopted the depraved practices of the pagan culture around them and were involved in flagrant idol worship. The people of Judah had long ago lost their identity as God’s covenant people as their morality began to be shaped by the godless philosophies and sensual views of Assyria and Babylon. In chapter 9, God calls for the people to wail over the nation’s spiritual and moral condition.

Do you ever consider what God might say to America today? How does He view our moral condition, our casual attitude toward premarital and extramarital sex, our greed and lust for “more,” our abortions, our worship of fashion, and our insatiable appetite for sensual pleasure? What might He say to His church? Are we a spotless bride, or are we in bed with our immoral culture?

Jeremiah called for the women in his day to mourn and grieve over the things that were grievous to God. Where are the “wailing women” in our day? May we be women who truly and deeply care about what concerns the heart of God.

Take Time to Reflect
Have you grown accustomed or indifferent to the state of our culture? Pray for the church to be broken over the spiritual need all around us. Read Jeremiah 2 and consider what God might want to express to His people today.

Is your heart crying out for God to work in your life and in the lives of those you love? There is much in our culture to cause distress, but God will not turn away from our cries for help. You’ll soon be seated at the True Woman conference—what do you want God to do in your life?

True Woman Prayer Focus
Carolyn McCulley encourages women to express feminine faith in our feminist-leaning culture. Pray for Carolyn as she prepares to speak at True Woman ’08. Ask God to give her insight into the needs of women. One of her break-out sessions will be on the subject of singleness. The other will be in relation to her new book, Radical Womanhood: Feminine Faith in a Feminist World, to be released this week (Moody Publishers).

1Carolyn McCulley. “Sex and the Single Woman.” Sex and the Supremacy of Christ. Ed. John Piper, and Justin Taylor. (Wheaton, Ill.: Crossway Books, 2005), 185.
2April Witt, “Blog Interrupted,” The Washington Post Magazine, August 15, 2004, 17.

Topics: 40-Day Heart Preparation

Comments

  1. Dearest Kim,
    I want to thank you again for doing these devotionals. I have found them life-giving (to God's glory). Some of the comments shared by sisters have been such a blessing and your responses to them have been lessons in themselves! (And books you have recommended, etc.) It is a blessing to be on this journey together. To pray for our nation together at such a time as this. To be learning and growing together in Christ. I am praying for TW08 and the speakers and believe the Lord will truly meet with us (whether at the conference physically or attending by video feed). He is good; His timing is perfect; His providence is wonderful.

    Blessings, love and encouragement to my sisters in Christ and all at ROH,

    Leslie S.
    posted by Leslie S.
    on Sunday, September 28, 2008 at 6:27 pm
  2. Dearest Leslie,

    Thank you for your encouragement and prayers. I would ask especially that the speakers and the Conference team at ROH be undergirded with prayer in the coming days. It may be that the Lord would have some of us to commit to some type of fast during this time of preparation. I believe that we are on the cusp of a magnificent work of God - For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be all glory forever!
    posted by Kimberly Wagner
    on Sunday, September 28, 2008 at 9:05 pm
  3. I have really enjoyed the daily devotionals leading up to the conference. I have learned a lot and been challenged. I am also extremely excited to see what God is going to do at the conference in my life and the lives of others who are preparing the soil of their hearts for His Spirit to work. He is an amazing God! Thank you for the call to prayer and fasting--we can do nothing in our own strength. Please pray for me as God is already beginning to deal with areas in my life that need work--pray for me to be humble, teachable and quick to change.

    Thanks again for the time you are putting into getting us prepared to meet with God!
    posted by Tracy Isch
    on Monday, September 29, 2008 at 5:34 pm
  4. Dear Tracy,

    Your request for prayer in the areas of humility, having a teachable heart and being quick to change, is one that pleases the heart of God. When we approach Him with these desires, He may provide "stretching" opportunities for these to be accomplished in our lives. For every challenge, season of suffering, and each dark trial that you encounter - He will provide the grace for you to not only walk through the difficulty, but be transformed in the midst of clinging to His truth in the trial.

    Let me encourage you with the truth that the apostle Paul gave to a group of believers who were in the midst of some "stretching opportunities."
    "But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord the Spirit." 2Cor. 3:18

    May He grant you the desire of your heart - humility, teachability and quickness to change.
    posted by Kimberly Wagner
    on Monday, September 29, 2008 at 7:46 pm
  5. Dear Kim, Thank you for making this devotional available to us. What a benefit it has been to help prepare my heart to hear and obey what He would have me do. Thank you for the encouragement to fast and pray--I am near the end of a fast and this weekend was very difficult for me. Today I felt it was too hard and that I should break my fast, but I am encouraged by your response Leslie to finish what length of time I set. The world entices in such clever ways, but my desire to obey Him and not my appetite for momentary pleasure needs to be to be first. I will continue to pray for you, the speakers, and the women that are coming!! God bless you, Arlene
    posted by Arlene
    on Monday, September 29, 2008 at 10:29 pm
  6. I wish our young Christian women were aware that they can dress stylish, yet in a modest manner. They just don't seem to get it. Pray the Lord would open their eyes.
    posted by Susan
    on Saturday, October 4, 2008 at 10:43 am
  7. I just wanted to say "thank you" for the comment made about the trial. It truely means ALOT to me. THANK YOU for ur support.
    posted by winter
    on Saturday, December 12, 2009 at 8:51 pm

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