|But if I say, “I will not mention him 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 20:9
Have any of you ever tried to turn your backs on God? Have any of you ever been afraid to proclaim the words of God? Have any of you ever seen your brother/sister in sin and not said anything to them? If you have ever experienced any of these, then I am sure that you can somewhat relate to Jeremiah.
Jeremiah felt like God had betrayed him because he allowed people to insult and ridicule him, even though he was doing the work of God. He was upset with God, but he just couldn’t turn away from him because God had put his words in his heart and on his lips and there was nothing he could do to change that.
Just like Jeremiah, we can often feel betrayed by God. We tell God that we are doing his will, but he is not blessing us with the things we need and want. We question God about the trials and tribulations we face, we nag and complain all day long, and then we get proud. Whenever we feel this way, we give the devil a foothold, and he tries to keep us at the pity party for as long as he can. But brethren, have you ever noticed that God does everything to bring us out of this state.
If you are truly born again, God has put his words on your heart, and he expects you to still proclaim those words in spite of how you feel. You may say that you don’t feel like Jeremiah did, but I am here today to tell you that we all have God’s words in our hearts like a fire. Whenever you get extremely convicted because you saw a friend in sin; that is the fire shut up in your bones. Whenever you are afraid of being called on to preach; that is the fire shut up in your bones. Whenever you feel disgusted because of a sin you committed; that is the fire shut up in your bones…
Brethren, I just want to caution you today not to ignore that fire, it can be a very dangerous thing to do. As long as you are serving the true and living God, he will never turn his back on you, and neither should you. Jeremiah said that he couldn’t turn away, not because he couldn’t, but because he didn’t want to. You can make the choice to put out that fire that God has put in your heart, but you may as well be dead if you do make that choice.
Stay blessed and spread the word.