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They're laughing at me

Posted: Saturday, October 12

Pastor Tom //  Missions &amp; Christian Education

Pastor Tom //
Missions & Christian Education

October 12th Reading

Jeremiah 19:1-21:14

1 Thessalonians 5:4-28

Psalm 82:1-8

Proverbs 25:9-10

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Today’s Reading:

But if I say I’ll never mention the Lord
or speak in his name,
his word burns in my heart like a fire.
It’s like a fire in my bones!
I am worn out trying to hold it in!
I can’t do it!

Jeremiah 20:9 (NLT)


Jeremiah was despised in his day.

"I am mocked every day; everyone laughs at me,” he laments (Jeremiah 20:7 NLT).

Jeremiah was mocked, harassed and threatened - simply for pointing a rebellious nation toward the God who longed for relationship with His people.

Yet, Jeremiah could not contain his passion for God. He was not content live his faith quietly and secretly.

“[God’s] word burns in my heart like a fire.
It’s like a fire in my bones!
I am worn out trying to hold it in!
I can’t do it!” (v. 9)

Even though popular opinion was against Jeremiah, God was with him.

Jeremiah asserts, "the Lord stands beside me like a great warrior.
Before him my persecutors will stumble.
They cannot defeat me.
They will fail and be thoroughly humiliated.
Their dishonor will never be forgotten" (v. 11).

Jeremiah spoke the unpopular truth to the powerful and to the masses. He was willing to sacrifice his popularity to direct people to their Heavenly Father.

The truth often seems foolish to those who have yet to make a personal commitment to Christ (1 Corinthians 1:18).

There will be times when living life God’s way will not be popular. There may be moments when the truth you speak will be rejected.

We have a great responsibility to tell others about Jesus. The goal is not to win an argument. Rather, our desire is to point people toward the One who freely offers forgiveness for sin and promises a hope for the future.