Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations…do not say, ‘I am too young.’ You must go to everyone I send you to and say whatever I command you. Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you and will rescue you” declares the Lord. | Jeremiah 1:5-8
In my quiet time I’ve been spending a lot of time meditating on the book of Jeremiah. This book is sooo good! It makes you feel excited, angry, annoyed and encouraged at the same time. Like anyone, Jeremiah was hesitant for the calling that God gave him. He complained and doubted his abilities to fulfill what God wanted. In each instance that Jeremiah proclaimed God’s word he sees God fulfilling the promises and vows He makes. When Israel obeyed God, true joy and treasures were poured out. However, when Israel disobeyed (which was quite a lot) God fulfilled the destruction that He said He would for the sins that the people committed.
Jeremiah trusted when God said “Do not be afraid, I am with you and will rescue you.” What God says, HE WILL DO. It’s not a “but” or a “what if” it’s a “my plans are good, my plans are sovereign and there is nothing or no one who could love my children more than me.”
I’m on chapter 46 of the book of Jeremiah and my heart seriously goes out to him. I feel like this calling God gave him was a bit more than he could chew. But what I admire about Jeremiah is that he never gave up and faithfully served no matter what was thrown his way. I mean a lot was thrown his way. He was in captivity, beaten and put in prison, he was put in a cistern with no food and about to die in the mud. Drowning in mud does not sound like fun. I was like “God save him!!” Jeremiah has been faithful to you so why are you letting him suffer like this?
More and more thoughts just flooded my heart but what kept me still was Jeremiah’s heart through all of this. When the King of Judah questions Jeremiah and the words that God had spoke, with all confidence Jeremiah says:
Obey the Lord by doing what I tell you. Then it will go well with you, and your life will be spared. | Jeremiah 38:20
Friends, through obedience there will be suffering but suffering brings about the GLORY which is in Christ Jesus. Jesus obeyed His Father. The greatest calling that was given to Him was the cross. His sacrifice, His obedience, His suffering and His eternal love for us is what SAVES us. We are God’s treasure. No matter what calling or hardship you may be going through always know that God’s name is being glorified through your faith, obedience, service and love towards Him and others around you.
Jeremiah’s heart was not hardened. He didn’t idolize other Gods or worldly treasures but trusted in the voice of the one true God who loved him. I know it’s so easy to get caught up with our fleshly desires but having a heart that is after God is the thing we should be idolizing. Follow the call He has for you and faithfully seek His face. He is everything we need and more.
May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, Lord, my Rock and my Redeemer. | Psalm 19:14