A life of faith requires an enduring heart, one that can withstand constant rejection, and coldness, from others. This was true of Jeremiah the prophet. It was true of Jesus the Messiah. In Jeremiah’s case, he preached God’s message for some twenty-three years with nothing positive to show for it. How dejecting must this have been? Words of truth that were intended to shatter stubborn souls fell on deaf ears. Such messages are highly inconvenient and disruptive to worldly living, which is why Jeremiah’s divine words could not penetrate the unkind, calloused lives around him. Day after day, and year after year, the prophet was maligned, heckled, and threatened for relaying the Lord’s ordinances. But it made no difference. Twenty-three years of heartache. Frustration. Discouragement. Imagine Jesus’ pain as He journeyed the Judean landscape teaching wisdom and pointing people to God, and yet so many refused to listen. The point being, a life of faith requires an enduring heart, one that can withstand rejection, and coldness, from others.
Jeremiah 25:3 “For twenty-three years…the word of the Lord has come to me and I have spoken to you again and again, but you have not listened.” (NIV)