Scripture Reading: Jeremiah 20:1-11
When you receive a word of prophesy from a man of God or you hear God speak a word to your spirit, you may sometimes begin to doubt if it has not manifested. You may be wondering if it was God that really spoke through him or to you. Dear reader, don’t be worried or confused about the reality of such prophesy. What you feel or think about it, is exactly what Jeremiah went through.He spoke against the injustices in Israel and the coming destruction. His intention was that God hastened the prophecies and bring them to fulfillment. But was disappointed as God did not act as swiftly as he wanted it, he said “O Lord, you deceived me and I was deceived; you overpowered me and prevailed, I am ridiculed all day long; everyone mocks me” (Verse 7).
This is exactly the dilemma in the lives of many Christians. You may have prayed through and there is an assurance in the spirit that God has answered your prayers. With joy associated to this spiritual experience, you testify or announce it to the hearing of others. If after two years and nothing seems to be happening, mockers shall arise. Even family members would say to you, ‘How come God has not done what He promised? Why has your so called church not helped you to call down the power of God upon your life?’ There would be lots of statements, capable of making you despondent, angry and even become ashamed of yourself.
A User of Daily Strength called me some time ago; and said that her friends who belonged to other denomination said to her, “It is not possible for you to get what you want (life partner) in the Catholic Church. Come with us to our church so that the Pastor would pray for you!” Another Sister seeking the fruit of the womb was asked, “Has your God in the Catholic Church answered your prayers? Leave there and get what you want. For how long shall you continue to pray your Rosary and so on?” Be consoled today with the words of Jeremiah in verse 11 of our scripture reading,“But the Lord is with me like a mighty warrior; so my persecutors will stumble and not prevail. They will fail and be thoroughly disgraced; their dishonor will never be forgotten.”
Just as all the prophesies by Jeremiah came to pass, so shall all the positive prophesies upon your life come true, in the name of Jesus. The Psalmist says, “Show me proof of your goodness Lord; those who hate me will be ashamed when they see that you have given me comfort and help” (Ps. 86:17). Therefore, those who are mocking you, deriding you shall join you to celebrate the faithfulness of God in Jesus name.
- Take a worship song today as you are led.
- Thank God for the abuses and insults you are going through for holding unto the Lord.
- Pray with Psalm 40:1 – 12 (meditatively and seriously).
- Lord, I turn every mockery to testimony in the name of Jesus Christ.
- I declare that I shall be an instrument of praise to God and testimony of God’s faithfulness to the world.
- Pray for strength to believe and wait on the Lord for as many that are despairing now.
Exercise: Share this reflection with someone today.
Memory verse: Proverbs 18:10