THE STORY OF JESUS: Jeremiah 19-20
“His word is in my heart like a fire, a fire shut up in my bones.” (Jeremiah 20:9)
Jeremiah is struggling with being God’s messenger.
The message itself is dark, and people are attacking him for it.
His job is to warn people about impending doom – not a pleasant job.
Its easier and safer to soften the message, to hold back on the negativity.
I have had times when I had to challenge and warn people.
They were convinced their path was OK, but I could see the warning signs.
Who am I to judge… and so I’m careful they do not hear me judging them.
My desperate hope is to win them over, to help them see and change their way.
But I hold back, I hesitate, I resist saying what I sense needs to be said.
I feel Jeremiah’s struggle, when the message burns within.
I can’t keep it in, but I can’t get it out…
We are all called to be God’s messengers, to talk about Jesus and our hope in Him.
And being the messenger today is not really popular, people will look at us funny.
I feel this fire in me: people need to hear this, but isn’t easy sharing it!
What do you sense the Lord saying to you?
Lord, help me to see that ignoring or silencing Your message does no one any good. Help me to be both humble and bold, that I may hear and say what needs to be heard and said!