Faithful, But Tired by Pastor W.F Kumuyi
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 25, 2020
TOPIC: FAITHFUL, BUT TRIED
TEXT: Jeremiah 32:1-15
“For Zedekiah king of Judah had shut him up, saying, Wherefore dost thou prophesy, and say, Thus saith the LORD, Behold, I will give this city into the hand of the king of Babylon, and he shall take it.” – (Jeremiah 32:3)
Frederick B. Meyer, a Baptistpastor and evangelist in England,was involved in inner city mission across the Atlantic between 1870 and 1929. Amid diverse challenges, Meyer was undaunted and held to God’s promises. He wrote in his book, Abraham: The Obedience of Faith that “If God promised His servants an unbroken run of prosperity, there would be many counterfeit Christians. Don’t be surprised at famine… it is permitted to root you deeper just as a whirlwind makes the tree grapple deeper roots into the soil.”
Like Meyer, our text reveals what Jeremiah, the prophet of the most High, suffered under the reign of Zedekiah, the king of Judah. Due to Jeremiah’s faithfulness to God’s word, the king imprisoned him. Despite his predicament, Jeremiah never relented in his obedience. For this reason, also, God kept revealing His mind and plan to him. God equally honoured all his prayers and words.
God demands faithfulness. And a life of faithfulness is practically impossible without complete obedience to all His commandments. Sadly, many believers chicken out due to the fear of persecution and suffering from men, thus becoming captives. In ministry, many have failed the test of faithfulness because they fear men rather than God their Creator.
God will only honour and bless those who are faithful despite trials. Christ said: “Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life” (Revelation 2:10). Are you facing persecution or going through suffering because of the truth? Just hold to His promises. It will soon be over and you will sing a new song.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:
There is no crown without a cross.
THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR: