I never knew how much in common Baruch and I have when it comes to ministry and our relationship with God because of that ministry. God is gracious and leads with kindness and favour and that is what makes it all work. For two years I prayed asking God to move in my life and for two years nothing. When He did move, it was an amazing thing to see and experience.
When Jeremiah finished telling all the people the whole Message that their God had sent him to give them—all these words—Azariah son of Hoshaiah and Johanan son of Kareah, backed by all the self-important men, said to Jeremiah, “Liar! Our God never sent you with this message telling us not to go to Egypt and live there. Baruch son of Neriah is behind this. He has turned you against us. He’s playing into the hands of the Babylonians so we’ll either end up being killed or taken off to exile in Babylon.” Jeremiah 43:1-3 MSG
Here is Baruch, a sidekick to Jeremiah, and he is getting blamed for all the things Jeremiah is saying. Jeremiah still gets no honour as the prophet.
You say, ‘These are bad times for me! It’s one thing after another. God is piling on the pain. I’m worn out and there’s no end in sight.’ – Jeremiah 45:3 MSG
Baruch declares these times to be bad times – I have done the same. At the end of the day, I realise just how honourable it is to be a servant of God, for Baruch, a scribe to a Prophet. How much closer could he be in receiving words from the mouth of an angel.
So forget about making any big plans for yourself. Things are going to get worse before they get better. But don’t worry. I’ll keep you alive through the whole business. – Isaiah 45:5 MSG
This promise from God really matters. It mattered in my life too. God sees loyalty and that gained Baruch honour beyond anything he could have anticipated. I have seen the same honour in my life and am looking forward to seeing more favour as I continue to faithfully follow God.
Father, I do not miss the pain that growing comes with in my walk with You. I know I am going to have some more pain along the way. I love Jeremiah’s faithfulness and love how You have revealed Baruch’s thoughts for they are encouraging and they strengthen my own resolve. I look forward to serving You today and pray that I may be a blessing to all I meet along the way.