Faith not always popular choice
Posted by prepareformass on June 16, 2008
Being a faithful servant of God will not necessarily result in an increase in popularity. In fact you can find that it is quite the opposite. Jeremiah faced many hardships, persecutions, and torment as he listened to God just prior to the Babylonian Captivity.
Jeremiah was called by God to prophesy the destruction of Judah. His message was not one that would be taken seriously at the time and did not win him many friends. The truth in his words was revealed later by history. In his prayer recorded in Jer 20:7-28, Jeremiah referred to himself as a “daily laughing-stock” and he admitted that it wasn’t always easy to be faithful.
Jer 20:7-9 – LORD, you have deceived me, and I was deceived; you are stronger than I, and you have prevailed. I have become a laughingstock all the day; everyone mocks me. For whenever I speak, I cry out, I shout, “Violence and destruction!” For the word of the LORD has become for me a reproach and derision all day long.
These doubts subsided and after a fire burned in his heart. He committed his cause to God and praised Him.
Jer 20:13 – Sing to the LORD;
praise the LORD!
For he has delivered the life of the needy
from the hand of evildoers.
Proclaiming the Gospel for the disciples was completely life changing and the new life wasn’t always smooth sailing. It was often very challenging. When Jesus told his disciples to go out and proclaim the Gospel, he warned them to not be afraid of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul; but to fear God who can destroy both body and soul in hell. (Mt:10:26-33)
Do not be afraid. There is no need to be afraid of declaring yourself for God before men even if it means that the world seems to hate you.
Mt 10:31-33 – Fear not, therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows. So everyone who acknowledges me before men, I also will acknowledge before my Father who is in heaven, but whoever denies me before men, I also will deny before my Father who is in heaven.
Prayer: Oh God, I hope with complete trust that you will give me, through the merits of Jesus, all necessary grace in this world and everlasting life in the world to come, for this is what you promised and you always keep your promises. -AMEN