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Then Jeremiah said to all the officials and all the people: The Lord sent me to prophesy against this house and this city all the things you have heard. Reform your ways… then the Lord will not bring the disaster… against you. As for me, I am in your hands; do with me whatever you think is good and right. – Jeremiah 26:12-14
Jeremiah is a good example of a meek prophet. He prophesied in a direct manner, gave a way of repentance for the people, and put himself at risk in the process. His message was not one that was received with joy; he spoke of the failure of leaders in the government as well as the religious leaders.
People were not much different in Jeremiah’s time than they are now. When leaders are confronted publicly with their error there is a tendency to destroy the one that made the expose’ rather than take responsibility for their own failures.
A characteristic of meekness is the willingness to commit to a higher purpose without regard to one’s own comfort or safety. Jeremiah was being threatened with death by those who were offended at his proclamation of impending doom. His response was, “I am in your hands; do with me whatever you think is good and right.”
God needs men and women today who will declare the word of the Lord, without fear or favor. He needs people who will not consider the cost of declaring the truth greater than the benefit of keeping things on an even keel. God is looking for meek and gentle prophets who will demonstrate the love of God, yet who will not pull back from the truth of God’s word.
Are you willing to be a Jeremiah? Have you seen the inconsistencies among believers and wondered what could be done? Have you seen sin in the camp but didn’t say anything because you were afraid of the consequences? God is looking for men and women willing to commit to his truth regardless of the cost.
Has God found that person in you?
Prayer: Lord, grant me the grace to submit to the higher purpose of your calling without regard to how that affects me. In Jesus name, amen.
Principle: God is looking for meek and gentle prophets who will demonstrate the love of God, yet who will not pull back from the truth of God’s word.
Affirmation: I am committed to being on who will present the truth in a loving and compassionate way while not compromising God's message.
Reflection: Notice that Jeremiah placed himself in the hands of those he was rebuking without trying to save himself. Also notice that he, like Christ, rebuked those who should have been leading people in the ways of the Lord, not the common folks who were being led astray.
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