Word On Fire

“If I say, “I will not mention him, or speak any more in his name,” there is in my heart as it were a burning fire shut up in my bones, and I am weary with holding it in, and I cannot” (Jeremiah 20:9).

Jeremiah has been known among the Jews as the “weeping prophet” who cried out to God on behalf of his people. He was called by God as a child and even into adulthood, declared boldly the word of God concerning his people. Jeremiah was not afraid of the opinions of others and his conviction led him to always speak the truth from the mouth of God. On one occasion, Jeremiah prophesied concerning the destruction that was pending for Jerusalem.

“Thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, behold, I am bringing upon this city and upon all its towns all the disaster that I have pronounced against it, because they have stiffened their neck, refusing to hear my words” (Jeremiah 19:15). There was a Chief Priest who heard Jeremiah’s prophecies and was unhappy that he spoke these words against the city. He beat Jeremiah and locked him away and released him the next day.

Jeremiah did not back down but also prophesied to the Priest as he received utterance. “And you, Pashhur, and all who dwell in your house, shall go into captivity. To Babylon you shall go, and there you shall die, and there you shall be buried, you and all your friends, to whom you have prophesied falsely” (Jeremiah 20:6).

Jeremiah was exhausted from his encounters and the persecution that he experienced from his own people. Despite the challenges, Jeremiah was convinced that he could not keep silent even if he tried to. He described the word of God as being so powerful, that if he tried to hold back, it felt as though his bones were on fire. This represented Jeremiah’s calling and assignment which he could not run away from. When you are connected to God, there is a passion that burns within you to do his will. You become hungry for opportunities to do what you were created to do.

Like Jeremiah an assignment lays within us to fulfil. There is a hunger within us that can only be filled by God. The Holy Spirit within us is powerful and helps us to serve. God spoke his word into our DNA and that word ignited will manifest to do his will.

“so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it”
‭‭(Isaiah‬ ‭55:11‬).

A.P.-Y.

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