Today’s scripture selection: Jeremiah 37-41
Key verses: Jeremiah 37:1-2
If there was one thing the prophet Jeremiah deeply understood it was what it’s like to have your message fall on “deaf” ears.
The short passage at the beginning of chapter 37 of Jeremiah’s historical record says it all:
“Zedekiah son of Josiah was made king of Judah by Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon….Neither he nor his attendants nor the people of the land paid any attention to the words the Lord had spoken through Jeremiah the prophet.”
Those few sentences make it clear:
Jeremiah spoke for the Lord; and no one could care less.
Maybe you can identify with this lonely prophet of God.
Surely there are times when you know you are right; that you are saying the right thing; offering the right solution to a vexing problem – and you just can’t get your words heard. It’s frustrating to say the least.
But, in those times, it’s important to remember something.
Even if our words fall on deaf ears – they are not without worth. It’s enough that we said them.
This goes, not just for words of “prophecy”, but for all the more ordinary, but still important words, we can offer in God’s name:
- Words of grace and hope
- Words of forgiveness
- Words of wise counsel
- Words of understanding and love
People may or may not listen. They may be too busy or too angry or too hurt or too confused. Who knows?
But – it’s still important we speak the words of grace, however we package them.
Whether or not, at the moment, they can be received.
Prayer: Lord, when the time is right, help me to speak words of truth and grace in your name. AMEN.