Jeremiah has sometimes been called the weeping prophet and for good reason. He had the job of telling Israel that they were out of the will of God and would soon have to face the consequences. Ultimately their disobedience would cost them 70yrs of captivity in Babylon.
The scriptures I read today jumped out at me. Jeremiah, even though he was God’s man, was a man nonetheless. He had his times when he started to get distracted and began looking at himself. Here is one of those times. We read how Jeremiah pleads with God to take vengeance for him on his persecutors. He tells God “Your words became for me a joy and the delight of my heart; for I have been called by your name, O Lord God of hosts. I did not sit in the circle of merrymakers, nor did I exult. Because of your hand upon me I say alone, for you filled me with indignation.” Jeremiah loves God’s word and is willing to sit all alone if he has to but right now he just can’t understand what’s going on.
Haven’t we all felt like Jeremiah at one time or the other? You go to work day by day and find yourself at odds with the lifestyle of the majority of folks around you. No matter what you do it seems as if you are the only one that sees the truth of what’s going on. It is all too easy to slip into walking after appearances when surrounded by people behaving that way. Walking by faith and not sight can wear pretty thin at times. Appearances can start to look like the final word but we know better don’t we? God is always up to something in the unseen.
If we read a little farther we see where God answers Jeremiah by telling him “If you extract the precious from the worthless, you will become my spokesman. They for their part may turn to you, but as for you, you must not turn to them.” God tells Jeremiah to continue bringing up the precious word of God and being an influence on others rather than letting them be an influence on him. The task in front of us isn’t always an easy one but it is an honorable one.
Have you ever noticed how much more difficult it is to pull someone up than it is to be pulled down? For example when there is a couple that have one lost and one saved person the saved one tends to have a tougher time. The one that is a believer wants badly for the other to come over to their side but no matter what they do it just doesn’t seem to be working. On the other hand all the other one has to do is just be themselves and pretty soon the believer is wallowing around with them.
So we have our work cut out for us. Jesus Christ made it clear that “in the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.” It isn’t always easy to live a Godly life in fact The Apostle Paul told us “Indeed, all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will be persecuted.” We all have our own suffering to go through but the truth is suffering is the pathway to glory. I’ll leave you with a saying that is sort of cliché but true. “If it was easy then everyone would be doing it.”
Written by Louie