Ask Paul

Read Jeremiah 20:11

You kind of have to love Jeremiah here. Just read v. 7-18 and see if you haven’t been as wishy-washy a servant as he! First he’s complaining that God’s tricked him for the purpose of allowing him to be chided and hated. Then he’s admitting that God’s got his back and his enemies won’t prosper against him, and then he’s back to complaining. He wishes he’d never been born since his life is oh-so-miserable. Admit it, you’ve swung that emotional pendulum. Of course the truth is found in 11-13. God didn’t trick you into following Him, He warned you via His Son that in this world you’d have troubles (John 16:33) but that He’d already conquered the world so there’s nothing to worry about. He knit you together in your mother’s womb (Psalm 139:13) and therefore has specific plans for you regardless of the way things feel, or the way others treat you. We can’t be the kind of people who cower (Hebrews 10:39). God’s not down with wimps. His weakness is greater than man’s strength (1 Corinthians 1:25) remember. Listen, friends, you just do what He tells you and leave the results up to Him. He’s got this, I’m certain and so should you be too because you’re more than a conqueror (Romans 8:37). Ask Paul.

Father, give us Your strength in Jesus’ Name. Amen!

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