Devotional Jeremiah 20:14-15
Pastor Brian’s “Every So Often” Devotional
June 12th, 2012
(Jeremiah 20:14-15) Cursed be the day in which I was born! Let the day not be blessed in which my mother bore me! 15 Let the man be cursed Who brought news to my father, saying, “A male child has been born to you!” Making him very glad.
Jeremiah had a difficult ministry to say the least. His message was not received by Israel, and he was persecuted to the point where he was quite certain he would probably be killed. In the midst of this difficult ministry, Jerry cries out with a brutally honest assessment of his feelings: he’d rather be dead than to be living as he was. In fact, he would rather have not lived at all, than to be experiencing life as he knew it. The prophet is angry, frustrated, and confused…all in regards to the ministry God had called him to. His words are so blunt, delivered with such force, that one would almost expect God to strike him down on the spot! Indeed, that may have been exactly what he was hoping for!
There are times that even the child of God comes to the end of his rope. Fear and frustration take their toll and some of the greatest men of God, both throughout the Scriptures and the history of the church, have wrestled with depression and dejection. What is interesting is that we never really read of God answering Jeremiah’s struggle. The Lord neither rebukes him for his challenge to God’s plan, nor does He pat Jerry on the back and say, “There, there! It’s all going to be ok!” In reality, it wasn’t going to be ok! Judgment was coming; Jerusalem was going to be destroyed! And Jeremiah still had very much suffering and struggle ahead of him.
What God does do is strengthen His servant in the midst of his inner turmoil. Jeremiah continues to receive the word of the Lord; and he continues to speak it forth boldly. Eventually, Israel comes to recognize the truth of his message (2 Chronicles 36:12), but that is immaterial to Jerry. Whether accepted or rejected by man, Jeremiah fulfilled the call of God in his life and sought to please only his Master. I’m sure that today, in heaven, seeing the face of God, Jeremiah has no regrets!