But if I say, “I will not mention him or speak any more in his name,” his word is in my heart like a fire, a fire shut up in my bones. I am weary of holding it in; indeed, I cannot. Jeremiah 20:9
God set Jeremiah apart before birth.
- He was a priest.
- The word of the Lord came to him.
God appointed him to be a prophet.
God touched him and put his words in Jeremiah’s mouth.
God fortified him like an iron or bronze wall.
God gave him specific orders and encouragement.
- God told him ahead of time that the people would fight against him.
- God assured him that he would not be overcome.
- God promised to be with him and rescue him.
Jeremiah warned the people that if they continued to disobey, do evil, worship idols, shed innocent blood, and break their covenant with God they would face dire consequences. He was threatened, mocked, and beaten just as the Messiah to come would be, but God’s word was too powerful to keep quiet. Still the people chose to turn their back on God.
I wondered how Jeremiah was able to keep talking in the face of death threats. God’s word came to Jeremiah. There-after they appeared to be having an on-going conversation. As I was reading, I couldn’t always keep track of who was speaking. Jeremiah had a very intimate relationship with God.
Sharing my heart with my family often creates tension. They don’t want to hear about God either. Keeping my thoughts to myself actually gives me heartburn. I don’t remember the last time I talked to God about my frustration. Jeremiah was comfortable discussing his feelings with God.
Yesterday I left the house without talking to God and I observed that I was just like everyone around me. Jeremiah and God were a team. That’s where his strength came from. I thought, if I was having an on-going conversation with God right now I would be different. I would speak more and have less heartburn from trying to hold the fire of God’s word inside. Then I would be a stronger team player and God’s word could accomplish the purpose for which it was sent.
So is my word that goes out from my mouth: it will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it. Isaiah 55:11
Father, you created me uniquely for your purpose. May I hear your voice clearly when you move me to action. May I remember you are always there to guide and encourage me. May every word I speak be glorifying and honoring to You. Thank you for choosing me to be on your team. In Your Son’s precious Name. Amen