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Worthy Words

Worthy Words

13 August 2009

Scripture:

The Lord replied: “If you return to me, I will restore you so you can continue to serve me. If you speak words that are worthy, you will be my spokesman. You are to influence them; do not let them influence you!” (Jeremiah 15:19 NLT)

Jeremiah began his prophetic ministry in Judah in 627 BC during the reign of good king Josiah. The northern kingdom of Israel would fall five years later in 622 BC. The first defeat of Jerusalem in 605 BC saw Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego and many others of that generation exiled to Babylon. Jeremiah 13:1-7 tells us that Jeremiah made the 1200-mile round trip between Jerusalem and Babylon more than once during the challenging and difficult years of his ministry.

Jeremiah faithfully spoke for God during unsettled and trying times. Jeremiah was considered a traitor by the political leaders, an heretic by the religious leaders, and a “prophet of doom” by the economic leaders of Judah. He often felt totally alone, isolated, and hated by everyone in the country.

Sometimes God calls a person to stand alone and speak out. It’s never easy, nor is it intended to be easy. God requires those who speak for him to be faithful, not popular.

I prefer to speak words of encouragement and comfort to people. I want to be a blessing to others. God’s word to me from Jeremiah today is that that if I am to be useful and effective for him, I must be willing to speak honestly about sin and its consequences and I must be willing to say the unpopular thing when I feel convicted that it must be said.

Prayer:

Father, I admire Jeremiah for his willingness to stand alone. I don’t envy him in that role, but I want to be a man who speaks worthy – not worthless – words. Help me to be sensitive to your Spirit and obedient to your voice. Help me to be submissive and accountable to the good and godly friends you have given me. But most of all help me to be submitted and accountable to you. I want to be a spokesman for you. Amen.

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