“But if I say, “I will not remember Him Or speak anymore in His name,” Then in my heart it becomes like a burning fire Shut up in my bones; And I am weary of holding it in, And I cannot endure it.” (20:9)
No matter the circumstances, God’s message and call remained the center of Jeremiah’s life. He had a very unpopular message, and was even punished for it. His lament at the end of 20 portrays just how much he wishes life was different. It comes as a surprise to me when he suddenly interjects:
“Sing to the LORD, praise the LORD! For He has delivered the soul of the needy one From the hand of evildoers.” (20:13)
He has had it, with everyone, but still glories in the Truth of the Goodness of God.
I think one of the reasons Carly and I always circle back around to staying in the Word, is that no matter the circumstance, we need the truth-anchor that is His enduring goodness. We can’t ignore who God is. We can’t sidestep His call. Especially when you’ve tasted and seen His goodness, there’s no going back.
Jeremiah isn’t wishing he could slip into the crowd and “be like everyone else”. He either wants to see God glorified on earth or he would rather not be born.
His 626 BC message was harsh, but would not be held back. Our 2017 AD message is straight up called “Good News” and how often do we keep it in? I know the temptation to keep the Gospel to myself in favor of blending in. It’s a worthwhile challenge to remember this contrast.
What message has God given you today?