Read Jeremiah 20
Focus on verse 18
Most of us can recall at least one day if not more that we wish we could forget. It’s more than a bad day…it is that day when you just wanted to crawl back into bed and never come out again.
Apparently the prophet Jeremiah had more than a few of these days as well. According to today’s chapter he makes it sound like nearly every day was “one of those days” for him. In the last verse of the chapter he writes, “Why did I come out of the womb to see toil and sorrow, and spend my days in shame?” (v. 18)
Here was a man who God had chosen to be the bearer of bad news to a people who did not want to hear it. In fact, it often seems as though Jeremiah himself did not want to hear it, yet found it impossible to refrain from delivering the message.
Interestingly, there is one lonely verse in the middle of this chapter that doesn’t seem to fit with the rest. In verse 13 he writes, “Sing to the Lord; praise the Lord! For he has delivered the life of the needy from the hand of evildoers.” (v. 13) In the midst of all this gloom – a ray of light! Yes destruction is coming to those who have rebelled against God. Yes it is a difficult message to deliver to an obstinate people. Yet in the midst of all this darkness he finds hope in the knowledge that God is the deliverer of those who trust and obey Him.
In other words – no matter how bad your day might be – God is ready to be there in the middle of it with those who seek Him. This is a glorious message of hope to those who believe.