Re: Verse reading – Jeremiah 11:18-23; 12:1-6; 17:14-18; 20:7-18 (day three)
“Do not trust them,
though they speak well of you.”  Who could blame Jeremiah for wanting a little positive feedback?  But God knew that if Jeremiah found contentment in the praise of others, he would use them for his own comfort instead of loving them and speaking honestly to them.  There is a difference between receiving encouragement from people, and becoming addicted to the words people say.  As Jeremiah withdrew from people from time to time to hear hard words from God, he regained his ability to stand and speak to people in hard, severe, yet merciful ways.

Author: Bryan Richardson

Bryan Richardson is the Associate Pastor for Counseling and Pastoral Ministries at FBCSA.

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