Why did I ever come forth from the womb To look on trouble and sorrow, So that my days have been spent in shame? Jeremiah 20:18
Jeremiah is known as the “weeping prophet” for good reason. He didn’t have an easy and luxurious life as a prophet, so much for prosperity gospel. In fact a high priest , Pashhur, had Jeremiah beaten and thrown in jail because he didn’t like what Jeremiah was saying (Jeremiah 20: 1-6)
People don’t like to hear the truth. People especially don’t like to hear the Word of God because it deals with our morality. Notice Pashhur is supposed to be a priest for God, yet he rejects the very words from God spoken through Jeremiah
O LORD, You have deceived me and I was deceived; You have overcome me and prevailed. I have become a laughingstock all day long; Everyone mocks me. Jeremiah 20:7
This has obviously taken its toll on Jeremiah. Everywhere Jeremiah goes to preach the Word of God, everyone mocks and laughs at him. His own family disowned him. Some of us might understand what Jeremiah is going through?
Often when we try to preach the Word of God, we find mockers and scoffers. Why? Because people have hardened their hearts to truth. People love their sin, they want to live in their sin, and they don’t want to hear anything about God
Then Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, he must deny himself, and take up his cross and follow Me. Matthew 16:24
Jesus said for his true disciples to “Take up their Cross and follow him”, Jeremiah bore his cross of humiliation and persecution. We must also do the same, we must not be afraid to risk it all, to speak the truth about God Amen!