Fire in Our Bones

Inspiration MinistriesBy Inspiration Ministries2 Minutes

How do we measure the impact of our lives? How do we know if we have been successful? In the world, success often is measured by impressive resumes and extensive accomplishments, or by being popular and honored.

Jeremiah certainly wanted to be understood and popular. Yet he frequently was attacked and rejected. When faithfully obeying God, he was accused of being manipulative and speaking without authority. This was a continual pattern, something he experienced “all day long.”

We can imagine how much this must have frustrated him. He knew he was obeying the Lord, yet people consistently attacked him. Discouraged, Jeremiah tried to escape this difficult mission. He thought of trying to forget about God, saying, “I will not remember Him.” And he resolved not to “speak any more in His name.”

Yet try as he would, Jeremiah found it impossible to ignore the words God had given him: It felt “like a burning fire shut up in my bones; and I am weary of holding it in, and I cannot endure it.” He knew God had called him. The Lord’s presence was so real, the burden of His message was so strong, that Jeremiah could not resist. He had to continue serving God, regardless of the consequences.

Jeremiah discovered that obeying God does not guarantee popularity or freedom from difficulties. But it does guarantee that He will be pleased, and we will experience His blessings, both in this life and the life to come.

Today, commit your life to serving God. Make sure that He is pleased with your life. He will bless and reward you for your faithfulness.