Jeremiah; the young prophet who, in his reluctance to be a mouthpiece for God, made excuses for being able to follow His leading. It was a difficult word that was given him to preach to the children of Israel. Their rebellion and outright idolatry was to be punished, and Jeremiah was to be the herald of this coming doom. Each reason he gave for being unable to speak, God refuted by saying He would tell Him where to go, give him what to say, and provide protection for Him. He was also instructed to follow a specific lifestyle that included not turning to the people, not marrying or fathering children, not going to weddings or funerals, not sitting in a house with feasting, and not sitting in the company of merrymakers.
Jeremiah obeyed and, in the process, was attacked by his own brothers, beaten and put into stocks by a priest and false prophet, imprisoned by the king, threatened with death, thrown into a cistern by Judah’s officials, and opposed by yet another false prophet. So, what have you done lately? Out of the ministry of Jeremiah come many of the most well-known parables and teachings we have today such as, the linen belt, the parable of the wineskins, and the potter’s house. The words God gave Him, he spoke; and it came to pass, just as he prophesied.
And now it comes to it. What does this all mean to you and I, today, in the 21st century? It means to me that I am a little too worried about what people may think of what God is speaking through me. It means that we have a responsibility to speak truth, even when it is unpopular, not only to the church, but to the world in general. It means that persecutions will come from all sides, but God’s got our back!
We each have our own calling. Maybe yours is to be a Jeremiah. If that’s the case, don’t you think its time you got started? If you’re worried that you’ll be stepping on a few toes in the process, well, it’s a given that you will. However, I would rather make a few people uncomfortable than to keep from doing what God has called me to do. Don’t you agree?