10-14-07

At times there is nothing better than serving the Lord.  Seeing a hurting friend find comfort in Jesus.  Being present at the spiritual birth of a believer. Watching prayer being answered before your very eyes.  It doesn’t get any better than this.  But if I was to be honest, I’d have to let you know that there are times when it isn’t so “fun” to serve the Lord.  There are times when God calls us to say that difficult thing to a rebellious friend. There are times when Satan attacks on all fronts – spiritually, emotionally, and physically.  Jeremiah was a one of those fellows who knew how difficult it could be to serve the Lord.  He had people accusing him of being a traitor to his country and mocking his ministry.  He had people plotting to kill him.  As you or I would expect, Jeremiah had times where he struggled with all of this.  And yet he kept going.  Jeremiah might have experienced times of anxiety, fear, and depression, but he continued to do the things God asked him to do.  How did he keep going with such a rough life?  I’ll let Jeremiah tell you himself:

“Your words were found, and I ate them, And Your word was to me the joy and rejoicing of my heart; For I am called by Your name, O LORD God of hosts” (Jer 15:16).  Jeremiah kept going because of a connection he had with God through God’s Word.  He learned to find spiritual nourishment in God’s Word.  He learned to even find emotional stability (joy and rejoicing) from God’s Word.  He found his sense of purpose, that God had called him, right from God’s Word.  Beloved, when life and service aren’t so “fun”, get back to your foundation.  Seek God in His Word.  Find His call on your life.