You deceived me, Lord, and I was deceived; you overpowered me and prevailed. I am ridiculed all day long; everyone mocks me. Whenever I speak, I cry out proclaiming violence and destruction.
So the word of the Lord has brought me insult and reproach all day long. But if I say, “I will not mention his word or speak anymore 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: 7-9
You can hear the deep conflict in the words of the prophet Jeremiah. This man was the bearer of terrible news, chosen by God to deliver a message that would not be popular. Previously, Jeremiah was instructed to go to the potter’s house where he would receive God’s message. The word uniquely came to him as God used the potter and clay pot to illustrate His ability to bring consequence if necessary. And it was because of the stubbornness of their hearts; God sent Jeremiah to let the people know what was to come. This awful news brought great conflict, yet Jeremiah felt compelled to deliver it.
How much more excellent is the time that we live in where the message is one of grace! Yes, we can rest assured God will hold men accountable for their actions. But there is a difference now, and that is the hope of Jesus Christ. Jesus sent His disciples to spread the gospel, and the same commissioning applies to all those who follow Christ. Does this message of hope in Jesus cause the same fire to burn in your heart? Today would be a great day to thank God we have the privilege of delivering this message. Ask Him to light that fire within you that you feel compelled to share, wearied if you could hold it in.
DO THIS TODAY: Ask God for an opportunity to share the good news of Jesus.