The prophet Jeremiah had a tough gig. God didn’t give him much choice about his life’s work. Jeremiah was commissioned by God with a message of doom and destruction. If that weren’t enough, God promised him that no one would respond, nobody would repent, and not one person would listen to what he had to say.
The reality of Jeremiah’s life-work is what makes his response in our Old Testament lesson for today understandable: “Sometimes I tell myself not to think about you, LORD, or even mention your name. But your message burns in my heart and bones, and I cannot keep silent.”
Maybe you can relate in some small way. It isn’t always easy talking about God to others, let alone talking about some subject pertaining to Him which other people really don’t want to hear. Yet, as the people of God, we discover it is much more painful to keep it all inside than it is letting it out and taking the consequences as they may come.
Or, it could be that you resonate with Jeremiah’s trying to distance himself from God. You were hurt, wounded in some way, and no matter how hard you run away from him God is the hound of heaven that tracks you down and won’t leave you alone.
Don’t keep silent. Speak. Let out what is important to you. Ignoring it, wishing it would go away, or thinking God will eventually give-up isn’t going to happen, my friend. Let the message burn in your heart. Do something about it… today!
God Almighty, you have your ways in this world and they don’t always make sense to me. Sticking my fingers in my ears trying to pretend you’re not there isn’t working – my heart burns within me. So, enable me to speak with all the confidence of the message I have; through Jesus Christ, in the power of the Spirit. Amen.