from Lynda Lindsey
O Lord of hosts, who tests the righteous, who sees the heart and the mind, let me see Your vengeance upon them, for to You have I committed my cause. Sing to the Lord; praise the Lord! For He has delivered the life of the needy from the hand of evildoers. Jeremiah 20:12-13
I will remember the deeds of the Lord; yes, I will remember Your wonders of old, I will ponder all Your work, and meditate on Your mighty deeds. Your way, O God, is holy. What god is great like our God? You are the God who works wonders; You have made known Your might among the peoples. You with Your arm redeemed Your people, the children of Jacob and Joseph. Psalm 77:11-15
Let the prophet who has a dream tell the dream, but let him who has My word speak My word faithfully. What has straw in common with wheat? declares the Lord. Is not My word like fire, declares the Lord, and like a hammer that breaks the rock in pieces? Jeremiah 23:28-29
Jeremiah warned Judah to repent, amend her ways and deeds, and return to the Lord lest God devise and shape a disastrous plan against them. Judah’s continued defiance caused the Lord to hide his face from His obdurate, stiff-necked people; Babylon seized, plundered, struck down and carried Judah into captivity. God, the Master potter, reserves the right to remake His spoiled vessels; God made void the godless plans of Judah and Jerusalem, breaking the covenant-breakers like broken flasks.
Jeremiah’s own people, including Judah’s king, the nation’s priests, and his own friends, furious at Jeremiah’s persistent call for spiritual reform, turned against Jeremiah and refused to heed his warnings. Jeremiah’s opponents planned terror on every side for the prophet: people plotted and planned evil against Jeremiah, reviled and denounced him, imprisoned him in stocks, and then watched eagerly for his fall. Jeremiah, moving from discouragement to praise, declared his life was in the king’s hands, to do with as the king wished, but ultimately the king would answer to God.
Jeremiah accepted that being committed to the Lord meant that God, no matter what happened, was in charge. Even when Jeremiah was most discouraged, he could no more stop being God’s prophet than he could stop a burning fire deep within his heart and bones; God’s words, like a hammer that breaks hard stone, burst forth from those whom He appoints. God’s words in the mouth of faithful prophets nourish like wheat, as opposed to the false prophet’s worthless, straw-like words that blow away like chaff. Be faithfully committed to our wonder-working Redeemer and Savior.