Jeremiah 26: Worth Putting Faith In
God does not always call us to do what is easy or what we want to do. For example, I have a feeling that if Jeremiah had been left to his own devices, he probably would not have done anything that would put the threat of death on his head. However, because he was willing to do whatever God told him, we end up in situations like we find in Jeremiah 26.
Jer 26:7 So the priests and the prophets and all the people heard Jeremiah speaking these words in the house of the LORD.
Jer 26:8 Now it came to pass, when Jeremiah had made an end of speaking all that the LORD had commanded him to speak unto all the people, that the priests and the prophets and all the people took him, saying, Thou shalt surely die.
Jer 26:9 Why hast thou prophesied in the name of the LORD, saying, This house shall be like Shiloh, and this city shall be desolate without an inhabitant? And all the people were gathered against Jeremiah in the house of the LORD.
I can safely tell you that after I publish this article, I will not have anyone coming up to me here in the United States and telling me that I going to die because of it. I had never been in anything comparable to what Jeremiah had to deal with.
I would like to say that I would respond exactly is Jeremiah did. Regardless of the consequences, he knew that he needed to follow the will of God. Therefore, when God told him to say that the city was going to be judged if they didn’t repent, he did what he had to do.
I think that the key to this reaction is faith. Jeremiah knew that whatever happened to him next, God would still be there to help him. He had seen God work in the past, so he took the reasonable step to trust the God who had been there for him before.
It is kind of like going into surgery. Based on the fact that you know your doctor and know that patients very rarely die during many surgical procedures, you trust your doctor to help you in a situation that might be fatal. You put your faith in your doctor.
Similarly, Jeremiah had faith in God. God had never failed him before, and he was willing to make the informed decision to trust God again. His decision was in line with all of the evidence he had seen; God was always there, so He was worth putting faith in.