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Meditation: Burn Baby Burn
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The prophet Jeremiah wasn’t very popular with a lot of people. In Jeremiah 20: 1-2 he was beaten by a priest named Pashhur (religious establishment) and put in stocks. Later in Jeremiah 26:11 after prophesying about the fall of Jerusalem he was threatened with death. Some of the written prophecies of Jeremiah were thrown into the fire and burned by the reigning King (Jeremiah 36:3).

The King’s son threw him into a cistern where there was no water only mud and Jeremiah sank into the mud, the idea being he would be left to die (Jeremiah 38:6). And in Jeremiah 43:2 he was called a liar.

The religious and political leaders of the day did everything they could to keep Jeremiah quiet. The pressure to go along, to say nice things about the government, to blindly obey the religious establishment rather than God was, shall we say, encouraged?

Why didn’t he shut up? Jeremiah 20:9 contains the answer. “If I say I will not mention Him (God) or speak anymore 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.”

How many times have I managed to hold that fire inside? How many times have I gone along with the crowd through silence when God, or one of His children were being mocked for their beliefs? How many times have I not spoken up on social issues when it wasn’t fashionable or politically correct? How many times have I not prayed over my food because the crowd I was eating with weren’t? How many times have I spoken up when surrounded by inappropriate jokes, media, or gossip?

Do you realize how little we Christian Americans have to suffer for our faith and yet, at least in my case, I am too often silent.

My prayer today rests on II Timothy 1:7. “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and love and of a sound mind.”

Let the fire in our hearts burn so that indeed we cannot hold it inside.

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