Tell It Like It Is

Then spake Jeremiah unto all the princes and to all the people, saying, The Lord sent me to prophesy against this house and against this house and against this city all the words that ye have heard.  Therefore now amend your ways and your doings, and obey the voice of the Lord your God; and the Lord will repent him of the evil that he hath pronounced against you.  As for me, behold, I am in your hands: do with me as seemeth good and meet unto you.

Jeremiah 26:12-14

It’s hard to not feel a little bad for the prophet Jeremiah.  At the same time, it is impossible to not admire him.  He preached a message of judgment to a stiffnecked and hard hearted people who did not want to hear it.  He was persecuted and saw few, if any, results from all of his efforts.  He was preaching to a people who had rejected God and who had no interest in repenting and turning from their evil ways.  Yet he preached on.  How often do we stop telling others what the Lord wants us to tell them because they aren’t nice to us?  How often do we give up because we can’t find anyone who will listen to our message?  I know that I have given up far too easily and far too often.  I think that we can all learn from the testimony of Jeremiah.

He tells the people to “amend their ways and their doings” and to “obey the voice of the Lord your God.”  That is a simple, but very powerful message.  The first step today would be to tell people to obey the voice of the Lord with regards to accepting His Son Jesus Christ as their personal Saviour.  Then, with His help, they can “amend their ways and their doings.” 

Earlier in the chapter, they had decided to kill Jeremiah.  In verse 14, after delivering his message, he tells them that he is in their hands and to do with him whatever they want.  He does not fear the people.  God gave him a message to give, and he gave it.  God has given us a message to give.  Have we given it?

4 responses to this post.

  1. Thanks Ben

    “How often do we stop telling others what the Lord wants us to tell them because they aren’t nice to us? How often do we give up because we can’t find anyone who will listen to our message? ”

    You’ve been asking hard questions lately … we will so not have an excuse when we stand before Him!! Sometimes I find it easier to live it than to tell it but still I am without excuse. As you pointed out, we have a great example. Jeremiah himself spoke of the ridicule (20:7), but he still chose to carry the message… What shall we say then?

    I haven’t given the message as well as I ought to. I still have much ground to cover. Praying He’ll help me put pride and hurt feelings aside and share anyway, even if no one seems to want to hear it.

    Blessings and thanks for challenging me, Ben.

    ann

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    • That’s true- with examples like Jeremiah, we don’t have any excuses. I know that with these posts, I’m speaking to myself more than anyone else. This is an area that I know I have got to get better in. Praying that He will help me!

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  2. Thank you Ben, for continuing to encourage us to do as He would want us to do! God bless you and yours!

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