Israel is criticized for their lack of faithfulness to their God. Their apostasy is likened to a faithless lover. Instead of a lifelong love relationship with YHWH, they prefer one-night stands with idols. Our tendency is the same: we prefer the easy simplicity of false gods to the commitment of relationship with YHWH. But God fulfills our deepest desires, he doesn't just give us cheap fixes to what we want.
The book of Jeremiah gives us a raw and rich portrait of the life of Jeremiah. It provides us with a rare example of the interior life of a prophet. As we study it, we will be encouraged to experience honestly the circumstances that we are facing by Jeremiah's stark honesty. We will be given hope as we see the stark picture of a painful reality into which God promises redemption. But most of all, we will see how God works through failure and be encouraged that God will work in the midst of the failure of this world and through our personal failures.