A Hope and a Future: Today we’re beginning a new series where we will be introduced to a prophet that was way tougher than McLaren. His name is Jeremiah, twenty-year-old priest from Anathoth in the land of Benjamin.
Right at the outset we are reminded of two key truths that undergird this prophet and the word he would bring.
- When we hear from God isn’t always good news; not like listening to HappyFM – it doesn’t always cheer us up or fit into our plans.
Sometimes God’s truth is more than we want to hear and difficult to swallow. It may be in reading His word – “forgive one another as I have forgiven you”; “love one another as I have loved you”; “confess your sin one to another” – “you will have no other God’s before me” – talking about going deeper – more than an hour a week.
It might be in an answer to prayer – STOP when you wanted to go – GO when you wanted to stop – WAIT, when you don’t do wait well.
When we hear from God it isn’t always what we want to hear.
- Delivering God’s truth isn’t always easy, either – His message of Gospel is incarnational – lived out in His followers/also spoken word.
Reading: Jeremiah 1:1–10 (NLT)