On February 24, Jeremiah 15:19-21 caught my attention:
This is how God answered me: “Take back those words, and I’ll take you back. Then you’ll stand tall before me. Use words truly and well. Don’t stoop to cheap whining. Then, but only then, you’ll speak for me. Let your words change them. Don’t change your words to suit them. (MSG)
How I understood this was that Jeremiah feared people more than he feared God. He let his words serve them as if God could be cheated, as if He did not know everything or as if anything could be kept from Him.
I can only imagine how hard his task must have been—speaking the truth to the people’s faces, but he managed to do so because impossible tasks become possible when we trust God.
On February 25, as I read this chapter again, I noticed Jeremiah complaining. At some point, he has lost faith in God. He could not accept the seemingly unpleasant results of obeying God. From the Old Testament times up to date, the children of God have been suffering from injustice. Being a follower of God is never an easy place to be. However, there will come a time, if we suffer for the cause of Christ till the end, that we will be able to say that it is all worth it.
It’s February 26. In this chapter, both God’s love and anger were shown. I can feel His anger at Jerusalem, especially at Manasseh for repeating the sins committed by the kings before Hezekiah, his father. God hates idolatry so much that He was willing to give the people away to their respective fate (death, sword, famine and captivity) without His intervention (verse 2).
How secure are we gonna be if we have God as our shield?
Jeremiah 15:21 AMP
And I will deliver you out of the hands of the wicked, and I will redeem you out of the palms of the terrible and ruthless tyrants.
On February 28, this was how my reflection went. God is love. Love is kind. Here in this chapter, the kindness of God’s love was shown to Jeremiah in that He refused to tolerate Jeremiah’s complaining and self-centeredness. He promised to protect Jeremiah if he obeys to proclaim His Word to the people of Jerusalem.
Jeremiah 15:19 GNT
To this the Lord replied, “If you return, I will take you back, and you will be my servant again.”
Jeremiah 15:20 GNT
“They will fight against you, but they will not defeat you. I will be with you to protect you and keep you safe.”