Bad News Bearer


This is what the Lord says:
Let not the wise man boast of his wisdom
Or the strong man boast of his strength
Or the rich man boast of his riches
But let him who boasts boast about this:
That he understands and knows me
That I am the Lord
Who exercises kindness, justice and righteousness
On earth
For in these I delight
Declares the Lord . . . .
-Jeremiah 9:23-24

The book of Jeremiah is full of doom and gloom. In fact, Jeremiah was so full of negative prophesy, the people of his day first chucked him into prison and later into a waterless cistern of mud. But in the midst of all the negative prophesy he had to dish out, Jeremiah received pearls of wisdom to ease his sorrow at having to be the bearer of bad news to his people: He learned that the Lord was both the seeker of kindness, justice and righteousness among His people as well as the destroyer of wickedness and evil that prohibits kindness, justice and righteousness to flourish.

Jeremiah was not well-pleased at the task the Lord had given him to do and he tried to plead his youth as a reason for his inability to speak as a prophet. However, the Lord, who had appointed him as “a prophet to the nations” before he was born, touched Jeremiah’s mouth with His hand and put His words into it. Jeremiah later acknowledges the truth of who guided his (and guides our) direction in life:

I know, O Lord
That a man’s life is not his own
It is not for man to direct his steps.
-Jeremiah 10:23

Perhaps you have been given a task to do but feel ill-equipped to carry it out? Be sure that if the Lord has directed your steps to that path, He has equipped you to walk down it. Remember, the Lord delights in kindness, justice and righteousness. Exercise these no matter what He has called you to do.

The Lord is coming!

About Hodiyah

Do not urge me to leave you, to turn back and not follow you. For wherever you go, I will go; wherever you lodge, I will lodge; your people shall be my people, and your God my God.
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