Carey Lewis Devotions
Thursday, November 16th, 2017
Imperfect Heroes (Part 39)
Before I formed you in the womb I knew you;

Before you were born I sanctified you;

I ordained you a prophet to the nations.

Therefore prepare yourself and arise,

And speak to them all that I command you.

Do not be dismayed before their faces,

Lest I dismay you before them.

Jeremiah 1:5, 17 (NKJV)
Talk about a lonely, weeping prophet; talk about the hardest job in the world; talk about saying things people hated; talk about no kin or friends by your side; talk about a good man treated badly; talk about living through terrible times and seeing all you have known disappear... then you're talking about Jeremiah.

The tough words he spoke and wrote for the Lord were (and are) deeply disturbing forecasts of what happens when we disregard God. So how was Jeremiah imperfect? He got scared, depressed and wished he was dead. Even so, he obeyed and continued. What can we learn from Jeremiah's life?

1) He took a stand against sweet-talking priests who patted the backs of sinful patrons. Because the Word of God isn't worldly.

2) Eventually, he was proven right. When Babylon destroyed Israel, he was affirmed and honored by its king.

3) In the midst of tragedy, hope still lives. The Lord will redeem and He will restore, but we must work to stay on the right side.

To Be Continued...

* Short article: What can we learn from the life of Jeremiah?

P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Imperfect Heroes series.

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"I labored, yet not I. By the grace of God, I am what I am, and do what I do' (paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 15:10). I love God's Word. As a late-in-life committed Christian with no Bible training prior to age 51, some people wonder how I'm qualified to write devotions. I wonder that, too. But God loves children and fools for Him. I am both. Ghost Writer? God.

Carey Lewis

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