Jeremiah spoke God's hard truths when most of those who called themselves God's prophets were speaking soft, comforting words (Jeremiah 14:13-14).
Jeremiah 20:8-9 is a passage that makes me want to cry and cheer at the same time:
"I am ridiculed all day long; everyone mocks me. Whenever I speak, I cry out proclaiming violence and destruction. So the word of the Lord has brought me insult and reproach all day long. But if I say, 'I will not mention his word or speak anymore in his name,' his word is in my heart like a fire, a fire shut up in my bones. I am weary of holding it in; indeed, I cannot."
May we have such devotion to God's Word as this prophet who was beaten, imprisoned and rejected for it.
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