When I speak, the words burst out.“Violence and destruction!” I shout. So these messages from the Lord have made me a household joke. – Jeremiah 20:8
Jeremiah had a moment where he’d come to an impasse. He thought about all the things he’d been saying and how the people refused to hear the word of the LORD that he brought to them. In fact, he’d become a household name in a negative sense. His reputation had become known as a joke. People laughed at him when he delivered a message of judgment, especially since the judgment was well off into the future. It brought down the prophet’s spirit.
But if I say I’ll never mention the Lord or speak in his name, his word burns in my heart like a fire. It’s like a fire in my bones!
I am worn out trying to hold it in! I can’t do it! I have heard the many rumors about me. They call me “The Man Who Lives in Terror.” They threaten, “If you say anything, we will report it.” Even my old friends are watching me, waiting for a fatal slip. “He will trap himself,” they say, “and then we will get our revenge on him.” But the Lord stands beside me like a great warrior. Before him my persecutors will stumble.
They cannot defeat me. They will fail and be thoroughly humiliated. Their dishonor will never be forgotten. O Lord of Heaven’s Armies, you test those who are righteous, and you examine the deepest thoughts and secrets. Let me see your vengeance against them, for I have committed my cause to you. Sing to the Lord! Praise the Lord! (Jeremiah 20:9-13)
Father, thank you for calling me into the position of a watchman for this final generation. You are the omniscient One who knows the END from the BEGINNING because YOU ARE the Alpha (BEGINNING) and the Omega (END). Your vision extends far beyond the reaches and limits of time. Your majesty reaches higher than the heavens! Your name is greater than all others in the universe and beyond! There is no one like YOU o magnificent Creator, Savior, Master, and LORD! Though people come against me and try to disprove the words I speak, they will come to know as those in Jeremiah’s day that a prophet was among them. I listen intently and humbly to hear the words you give to me. Though I may speak of judgment, I know that the message you give always has a message of hope contained in it. Whether the people respond or not is on them. I do my duty to warn and exhort. I put my life in your hands. I love you, Dad. Your will be done, not mine. In Jesus’ name, Amen.