2008-10-06 - Jeremiah: Keeps Going and Going
Because of his faith, Jeremiah was mocked and beaten. (Jeremiah 1:4-8, 19-20, Hebrews 11:36a)
"Then I said, 'Alas, Lord GOD! Behold, I do not know how to speak, Because I am a youth.' But the LORD said to me, 'Do not say, I am a youth, Because everywhere I send you, you shall go, And all that I command you, you shall speak. Do not be afraid of them, For I am with you to deliver you,' declares the LORD." (Jeremiah 1:6-8 NASV)
When God appointed Jeremiah to be a prophet, he was timid and admitted he didn't know how he'd be able to speak, due to his young age. God prepared Jeremiah to be a prophet with a pep talk, proclaiming that He had equipped him to face the opposition ahead. God would come to his aid, to help Jeremiah handle crises with endurance.
Jeremiah the prophet spoke against the sins of the people. They worshiped other gods, instead of following the one true God. He cited God's judgment on their actions - but with sincere repentance, they would forfeit the dismal judgment. Because of Jeremiah's warnings, he had few friends, was beaten, imprisoned, mocked, placed in an empty tank, and believed to be a traitor. Jeremiah knew there would be opposition when siding with God. The persecution was so severe at one point, that Jeremiah wished he was never born. (Jeremiah 20:14-18)
Jeremiah was not afraid to share his emotions with the Lord. He acknowledged his frustrations, and also the belief that God would help the prophet not get bogged down by life's situations. He acknowledged the roadblocks and challenges, but did not let them control him. He persisted on the call on his life, and did the job he was meant to do. God told Jeremiah: "Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, And before you were born I consecrated you; I have appointed you a prophet to the nations." (Jeremiah 1:5)
God, rescue me. How long will this resistance go on? Please show me how to trust You completely, especially when dealing with difficult and disrespectful people. Despite it all, I am proud to bear Your name, Lord. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen.