The Human Connection
"Is there no balm in Gilead; is there no physician there? Why then is not the health of the daughter of my people recovered?” (Jeremiah 8:22).
On January 21, 1930, Britain's King George V opened the first session of the Naval Disarmament Conference from the Royal Gallery in the House of Lords. By means of radio, his speech was broadcast to the world But that important address never would have happened without the help of an unknown worker behind the scenes.
A break in the electric circuit occurred just as the king was about to speak. A quick-thinking workman caught the loose ends in his hands and bridged the gap, using himself to close the circuit! He didn't create the power by which the king's message was transmitted, but he did become a vital link for it. The king's message would have never been heard beyond those walls except for that human connection.
In ancient times, the prophet Jeremiah became a human connection for amuck greater transmission—a message from the King of Kings! This unpopular yet faithful prophet was the chosen link to broadcast a life or death message. And when the transmission passed through his soul, it often moved him to tears (9:1).
Like Jeremiah, there are times we want to break the connection and escape faraway (v.2). But keeping the broadcast going offers hope. How else can they hear about the soothing balm of God's forgiveness?
Dear Lord, let me be your connection to those who need to hear your Word. Make me a courageous link for your healing gospel! In Jesus' saving name, Amen.