In the book of Jeremiah, there are two prophets who prophesied to Jerusalem and its people. One, of course, was named Jeremiah who as a twenty year old man, the Lord spoke to him:
“Do not be afraid of them [the king, the leaders, the people, etc.], for I am with you to deliver you…” (Jeremiah 1:7-8)
Jeremiah proclaimed God’s words for twenty years, but during the middle of King Jehoikim’s reign, Jeremiah forgot the promise made to him by God. He felt alone, feared for his life, and cried out:
“Why is my pain unceasing, my wound incurable, refusing to be healed? Will You [God] be to me like a deceitful brook, like waters that fail?” (Jeremiah 15:18)
No doubt Jeremiah’s anguish was real because it was during Jehoikim’s reign when the prophet was banned from speaking in the temple. He sent his scribe, Baruch, in his place to speak his prophetic words.
But even though the persecution was real, God expected Jeremiah to trust Him and His words. God eventually spoke to Jeremiah:
“If you return, I will restore you, and you shall stand before Me. If you utter what is precious, and not what is worthless, you shall be as My mouth. They shall turn to you, but you shall not turn to them. And I will make you to this people, a fortified wall of bronze; they will fight against you, but they shall not prevail over you, for I am with you to save you and deliver you.” (Jeremiah 15:19-20)
From this moment forward, Jeremiah never wavered again. He faithfully spoke God’s words to Judah and Jerusalem for another twenty years.
The other prophet?
His name was Uriah who spoke the same words as Jeremiah. We don’t know much about this prophet because fear destroyed his ministry.
My prayer for America today:
“Lord, I pray for men and women, like Jeremiah, who have stood in Your counsel to come forth and speak Your prophetic words so that we Americans turn from our evil ways and follow You once again.” (Based on Jeremiah 23:22)
What do you think and has the Lord spoken to you?
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