He Will Keep You in Exile No Longer

Joseph Holbrook, Jr.

READ : Lamentations 4:12-22

I am, and have been for 44 years, a minister in the Reformed Church in America. I squirm a little when I read that the calamities of God’s people were the result of “the sins of her prophets and the iniquities of her priests.” If Jeremiah were living today, would he include some of our church leaders in his list?

And then I think of people who were too busy doing whatever they were doing to teach a Sunday school class or lead a youth group. Or those that did a half- baked job. Whatever, Jeremiah is lamenting a lack of godly leadership and placing the blame for the Exile squarely here.

If God has called you into the ministry, say yes, Lord. If God has called you to leadership in your community, or business, be the best there is.

And don’t miss the word of grace. “The punishment of your iniquity, O daughter of Zion, is accomplished, he will keep you in exile no longer” (v. 22). Were it not for the grace of God we would all be lost. What a privilege to take to God in prayer the need for godly men and women in our pulpits, seminary classrooms, Sunday school classes and on consistories and in our world.


Thank You, gracious God, for bringing the Exile of Israel to an end. Send the refreshing stream of Your Holy Spirit into our land that we too may be restored. In Jesus’ name. Amen.