When holy is hard

Re: Verse reading – Jeremiah 11:18-23; 12:1-6; 17:14-18; 20:7-18 (day one) 
“But if I say, ‘I will not mention him or speak any more in his name,’ his word is in my heart like a fire, a fire shut up in my bones.  I am weary of holding it in; indeed, I cannot.”  (20:9)  Jeremiah is “between a rock and a hard place”.  His service to God is unwelcome, unsuccessful (by any human measure) and unsatisfying.  A hard assignment emotionally, physically and personally!  He weeps often from the sheer stress.  And when he tries to reduce the stress, the Spirit of God will not allow it.  No escape.  This cross has to be carried.  Will we have similar moments?  Moments when our service to Christ does not “pay” in anything but further disappointment?  I think so. ” American Dream” Christianity proposes that faithful people will always be satisfied and happy.  Biblical Christianity proposes  that faithful people will sometimes be called to tasks that are holy and hard.

Author: Don Guthrie

Don Guthrie is the Senior Pastor at FBCSA.

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