Stay Close

The Prophet Jeremiah was probably a loner from time to time. He stayed close to God when most of God’s people carelessly sinned. God warned Israel and Judah many times that they would be corrected for all their sins. There have been times in my life when I had to stand alone for the things of God. In those moments I built confidence in godliness. When difficult situations happen and you have to continuously stay close to God, talk over every frustrating detail with Him. God sees our effort. God knew Jeremiah’s dedication and told him He would protect Him.

Jeremiah 15:

15 Then I said,

Lord, you know what’s happening to me.
    Please step in and help me. Punish my persecutors!
Please give me time; don’t let me die young.
    It’s for your sake that I am suffering.
16 When I discovered your words, I devoured them.
    They are my joy and my heart’s delight,
for I bear your name,
    O Lord God of Heaven’s Armies.
17 I never joined the people in their merry feasts.
    I sat alone because your hand was on me.
    I was filled with indignation at their sins.
18 Why then does my suffering continue?
    Why is my wound so incurable?
Your help seems as uncertain as a seasonal brook,
    like a spring that has gone dry.”

19 This is how the Lord responds:

“If you return to me, I will restore you
    so you can continue to serve me.
If you speak good words rather than worthless ones,
    you will be my spokesman.
You must influence them;
    do not let them influence you!
20 They will fight against you like an attacking army,
    but I will make you as secure as a fortified wall of bronze.
They will not conquer you,
    for I am with you to protect and rescue you.
    I, the Lord, have spoken!
21 Yes, I will certainly keep you safe from these wicked men.
    I will rescue you from their cruel hands.”

 

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