Your words were found, and I ate them. Your words became a delight to me and the joy of my heart, for I am called by Your name, Yahweh God of Hosts. Jeremiah 15:16 HCSB
This statement by Jeremiah is a complicated one. On the surface, we want to look at this as a beautiful, poetic statement to God by Jeremiah, but that isn’t the case of this passage. Jeremiah was actually in a state of self-pity. He was on a rant about the difficulties about walking out his calling, yet in the middle of his complaining, he could remind God of his faithfulness, and a love for the words God had given him.
The commitment of being a Christ follower is one that isn’t without struggle. Like Jeremiah, we are often called to stand alone or go against the norm of society only to live with ridicule, conflict, and discouragement. The solution that we can see from Jeremiah’s example in this passage is to do two things: Remember and remain.
When we get discouraged, it is easy to want to just whine to God and become self-involved. During these times, it is helpful that we bathe ourselves in prayer and ask the Holy Spirit to help us remember our calling, and who God is. God gives us moments to reflect on, as a reminder in discouraging times. We remember we are called, and we remember the beauty of the Gospel.
We also need to remain in God’s word. The poetic imagery of eating God’s word gives us a picture of internalizing, absorbing and enjoying the Word of God. When I’m discouraged, I love to go to the Psalms and just read and reflect on the goodness of God. God’s word is living and active; it is empowering and gives us strength and encouragement.
If you are struggling in your walk with God and are discouraged, I would encourage you to ask the Holy Spirit to remind you of your calling, maybe the moment you knew you wanted to give your life to Christ. Remain in His Word. Remember, God sees your struggles, and they aren’t without purpose.
God I thank you that I am a loved, chosen, child. When I am discouraged, please remind me of who you are, help me to remain in your word and to continue to persevere as I commit myself daily to you. I love you Lord. In Your Name I pray, Amen.
Spend time in Psalm 1 this week.