Thursday, July 7, 2011

Steadiness in an Unsteady World

“Then Jeremiah the prophet said to them, “I have heard. Indeed, I will pray to the LORD your God according to your words, and it shall be, that whatever the LORD answers you, I will declare it to you. I will keep nothing back.” –Jeremiah 42:4

As I read through the book of Jeremiah, I’m amazed at Jeremiah’s faithfulness. He was faithful when there wasn’t any opposition, and he was faithful when the people to whom he was speaking tried to kill him. I believe that Jeremiah had to hold on to his first experience of hearing from the Lord. He remembered his calling, and what God had promised to him. This enabled him to walk steadily with his God and faithfully fulfill the words God wanted Jeremiah to speak.

It is easy to lose sight of your calling, especially in the midst of a conflict or major crisis. We get focused on the circumstances. We forget that God has called us and promised to protect us. We start trusting in our own ability and then undoubtedly we get frustrated with ourselves. We end up stumbling along, riding the waves of emotions and circumstances. This makes it much harder--even impossible--to keep a steady walk with God. 

Remember your calling. Remember what God has promised to you. Only then will you be able to be faithful as Jeremiah was faithful. He was able, even in the midst of a crisis, to say that he would declare the words of the Lord and keep nothing back. Only then will you be able to keep steady in the midst of an unsteady world.

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