Wednesday: 20th March, 2019
Reference text: Jeremiah 18:18 -20
Jeremiah 18:18 Some of the people said, “Come on, let’s cook up a plot against Jeremiah. We’ll still have the priests to teach us the law, wise counselors to give us advice, and prophets to tell us what God has to say. Come on, let’s discredit him so we don’t have to put up with him any longer.”
Over the years, it has become increasingly apparent that managing a football team is fast becoming one of the jobs with the least security. Even though one is likely to leave post with a huge financial compensation, a string of poor results and a dismal run of form nearly always results in the plug being pulled on a manager. Why is this done? Clubs want results, the show muct go on and there is almost always another person waiting in the wings to take over.
The people who plotted against Jeremiah were confident that there would still be priests, counsellors and prophets to teach the law, counsel and communicate the word of God to them. So any other person but Jeremiah, was preferred. That idea got me thinking about this: was there any particular reasons that made everybody else but Jeremiah, the preferred option?
Like Jesus, it was obvious Jeremiah made his hearers uncomfortable. The truth he spoke ate at their hearts and gnawed at their brains prompting them to do one of two things, change themselves or change the speaker. Indications show that they opted for the latter. Beloved, even though sometimes we neither want to put up with the truth nor it’s bearer, the reason it strikes a chord with us is because it is the truth.
The truth found in God’s word, comes not to render a guilty verdict, but to convict us. It comes to initiate a process of change within us. The same applies to the words we hear from those who love us, those bold enough and willing to tell us the truth. Their words may not always be soothing, but sometimes even piercing. Nonetheless, that is what we should be hearing not well presented lies that serve no purpose.