A man, although initially insecure and hesitant, accepted God’s call on his life.
He faithfully relayed the message God had given him… even when it wasn’t a message that people wanted to hear. Even when no one seemed to listen. Even when he wished he had never been born.
He spent 50 years or so following God’s will for his life, and what did he have to show for it? He was never able to get married or really be a part of society…people plotted against his life and reputation…he spent time in the stocks, in prison, in dungeons, and in a wet, miry cistern.
The people brought about their own destruction. If only they had listened to him.
Is this filling you with inspiration? Maybe not…
Unless you’re like me.
If you need to know that someone spent years facing tragedy and destruction, and still came out of it alive…trusting…hopeful…then you can find inspiration in the life of this man Jeremiah.
If you can identify with a person who, while loving God fiercely, cursed the day he had been born…wept in despair over life…told God how he really felt…Jeremiah has a story for you.
As I spent last night weeping over the children that we will most likely not be able to adopt into our family, I thought about Jeremiah and his weeping. Years…YEARS of not seeing any obvious results of his faithfulness…and in fact seeing the destruction of his people… and what does he say to us?
“I remember my affliction and my wandering, the bitterness and the gall. I well remember them, and my soul is downcast within me. Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope:
Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. I say to myself, The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.” Jeremiah 3:19-24
I will not be consumed when my God-sized dreams detour into sorrow; I have hope, and I will wait for him.