Jeremiah’s Narrow, Difficult, Lonely Road
This week we look at five biblical heroes namely David, Jonah, Jeremiah, Jesus and Stephen who each in their own way discovered the difficulty and loneliness of walking the Lord's way. Draw strength and encouragement from the truth that the Lord who strengthened them and who was with them even when they thought He wasn't with them, is the Lord who is with you, strengthening you and strengthening those you might be led to pray for.
O LORD, you deceived me, and I was deceived; you overpowered me and prevailed.
I am ridiculed all day long; everyone mocks me.
Whenever I speak, I cry out that proclaiming violence and destruction.
So the word of the LORD has brought me insult and reproach all day long.
But if I say, "I will not mention him or speak any more in his name,"
His word is in my heart like a fire, a fire shut up in my bones.
I am weary of holding it in; indeed, I cannot.
I hear many whispering, "Terror on every side!
Report him! Let's report him!"
All my friends are waiting for me to slip, saying,
"Perhaps he will be deceived;
then we will prevail over him and take our revenge on him."
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.
O LORD Almighty, you who examine the righteous
and probe the heart and mind, let me see your vengeance upon them,
for to you I have committed my cause.
Sing to the LORD! Give praise to the LORD!
He rescues the life of the needy from the hands of the wicked.
Cursed be the day I was born!
May the day my mother bore me not be blessed!
Cursed be the man who brought my father the news,
who made him very glad, saying,
"A child is born to you—a son!"
May that man be like the towns the LORD overthrew without pity.
May he hear wailing in the morning, a battle cry at noon.
For he did not kill me in the womb, with my mother as my grave,
her womb enlarged forever.
Why did I ever come out of the womb to see trouble and sorrow
and to end my days in shame?
Pray for those Christians who walk the lonely road of mockery and scorn because of
their commitment to the work that God has called them to do.