God chose Jeremiah, a man of undeniable courage, to speak to the people of Judah on the Lord’s behalf.
However, his ministry was difficult. His family members turned against him. He faced threats, prison, and much more to share his faith and God’s word. Because his message held little weight with the people, Jeremiah’s prophecies reveal a substantial amount of emotional depth—often sorrow over the plight of God’s people and his own troubles As he told God, “I am in derision daily; everyone mocks me” (Jeremiah 20:7).
Yet Jeremiah knew he had to speak the message God had given him. He wrote how, if he tried to resist speaking what God told him to speak and tried to not even mention God’s name. Yet God’s words became like fire in his heart. He was unable to hold them in (Jeremiah 20:9). God told Jeremiah that if he would boldly speak His words and not shrink back in fear of the people, He would give him the strength he needed to withstand the persecution.
Because of this deep and personal relationship with God, He was able to persevere as a prophet to the nations. Jeremiah was often inspired to look beyond the distressing scenes of the present to the hope of a glorious future. Jeremiah 29:11, He says: "For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."
God calls each of us for a purpose, and if we trust Him enough to take Him at His word, we will find ourselves on a journey toward the fulfillment of that purpose.
Unfortunately, the path often includes some thorns and thickets. Nothing worth having ever comes easy or without opposition. In turning our attention to God and knowing that He is there for us, we find that just like Jeremiah He gives us the strength and courage to persevere.