In case you haven’t experienced reproach in your walk with Christ, rest assured it will come. Reproach toward God’s people is nothing new. Jeremiah knew reproach and was given the moniker of weeping prophet. However, even though he faced reproach and persecution he continued on serving God faithfully to the end with a few complaints mingled in for good measure.
Jeremiah abhors his mother giving birth to him and sets out on a depressing tirade about his downtrodden and downright deplorable life. By the time Jeremiah finishes his complaint even those reading his story are ready to throw in the towel. Then suddenly a ray of light comes shining through the gloom, despair and agony on Jeremiah.
He calls on God to come to his aid and defend him from his persecutors. In this moment he remembers that he bears all for the sake of God and will bear more if needed. Still further, he recalls God’s words and how, when consumed, it brings joy and delight to the ravaged soul. Jeremiah discovered God’s words are healing, recovery and continued strength to all who bear the reproach of living for God.
Prayer: Father, strengthen us with your word. Amen.
Today’s devotion was written by Carlin Ours, Pastor of Organ Lutheran Church, Salisbury, NC.