However weary, reluctant, or downhearted Jeremiah found himself, God’s Word was so fiery within him that he just had to let it out.
SOUL ON FIRE
Lord, I’m longing for Your ways
I’m waiting for the day
When I am a soul on fire
Till I am a soul on fire
READ JEREMIAH 5:12-14 and 20:7-9
If we want to find some more Biblical examples of characters that have a ‘soul on fire’ then there are plenty of places to look! Our next two days of devotional thoughts will do exactly that.
Jeremiah is one such person - appointed by the Lord to be a refiner of the people of Judah, as if he was going to be the agent that would burn up all the impurity of the people by God’s holy word.
Therefore this is what the LORD God Almighty says: “Because the people have spoken these words I will make my words in your mouth a fire and these people the wood it consumes.” - Jeremiah 5:14
The fiery presence of God in a person’s life is often seen as purification or refinement, much like how the dross and impurity in a precious metal would be removed by that metal being placed in a fiercely burning crucible. The commission of Jeremiah to be God’s representative in refining a nation (that didn’t really want to go through such a process), was going to be a very tough assignment. Scholars think that the passage in Jeremiah 20 refers to a time that the prophet had been placed in the public stocks for preaching about the need for humble repentance. Jeremiah would have been close to physical, mental and spiritual exhaustion, but nevertheless, was able to declare:
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. - Jeremiah 20:9
However weary, reluctant, or downhearted Jeremiah found himself, God’s word was so fiery within him that he just had to let it out. In fact, he would become even wearier if he didn’t speak out God’s word!
Today I’m asking for you to burn up the impurities in my life - to cleanse me and refine me. I pray you would give me the strength to burn brightly for you even in the challenging times of me life.