I was reading in Jeremiah 15 this morning…
You know, Jeremiah went through some pretty tough things in his life.
…extreme hardship and persecution.
He was waiting on the Lord for some things too.
And Jeremiah took his heart before the Lord—he was honest and open with God about where he HONESTLY was in his heart and in his mind.
And in this passage we can see how God responded so faithfully, and gave Jeremiah the truth.
God could see into Jeremiah’s heart, He could see into where Jeremiah was heading with the attitude he had in that moment, and He could see that Jeremiah’s message, was becoming tainted by his own wounded soul…he was wavering.
God didn’t just pat Jeremiah on the back and feed this…
He gave Jeremiah the truth.
“If you return...” (v 19)
“…if you take out the precious from the vile, you shall be as My mouth…” (v 19)
And He reminds him, He encourages him…
“…I am with you to save you and deliver you.” (v 20)
Jeremiah needed to repent of where he was heading in his attitude, and in his message, so that he could continue to serve as the Lord’s spokesman—with God’s pure message.
I came across a commentary quote as I was reading deeper into this passage of scripture,
“A flattering prophet perishes with the people whom his soft speeches have confirmed their sin: but the truthful speaking of God’s Word saves both.”(Barnes’ Notes on the Whole Bible)
And I love to see…
how we can be honest and vulnerable before God with where we are in our process, in our pain.
(God knows we are human, He knows.)
God loves us enough,
to give us the truth,
so that we’ll not get stuck where we are (or in the dangerous place we are inching towards).
He’s not going to pat us on the back, and allow us to remain in “that place.”
Sometimes we can become our own worst enemies.
But God is faithful to speak the truth,
so that we can see,
and so that the truth
will truly set us free.
I love this quote,
“God loves us where we are… but He doesn’t LEAVE us where we are…”
…and He leads us to the place
where we can choose
to step into “the new”…
And He’ll give us grace to walk it out. 🏃🏻♀️☀️
Thank You, Lord. 💝