Stuck In The Mud
Nowhere in the word does it say that if you sign up to serve the Lord, that there won't be pain and difficulties along the way. Jeremiah the prophet had predicted the ruin of Jerusalem and King Zedekiah resisted what he had said. WIth his resistance and anger he had Jeremiah lowered down into a empty cistern where he sank into the mud.
Can you imagine being moved from your chains in a prison cell to a muddy cistern? You're already thinking, " It can't get any worst than this?"
Many times things do get worst before they get better. Jeremiah took a lot of heat and misery because of his assignment in life. Nobody usually signs up for this thing because it's easy. If it was easy, everybody would be doing it.
Tell me where God said that serving in ministry was an easy assignment. Jesus said, "If any man will come after me, let him take up his own cross and follow me."
People won't always like and appreciate your leadership. Everybody can't see a man's heart and passion to please His master.
People pleasers don't get a lot done for the kingdom. Leaders in the bible always faced resistance in getting the job done. Nehemiah dealt with Sanballat, Moses faced Korah, David dealt with Saul, and Absalam
People won't always agree your making the right decisions. Korah resisted Moses, along with 250 renowned leaders who said; "Who called you to lead this nation?" God in his anger opened up the earth to prove that He had called Moses to lead the people. Korah and all the leaders died with their resistance.
People won't always follow your leadership. Jeremiah found out with all of his words of instruction and warning, the people still resisted and followed their own stubbornness. Had the people listen to him, their lives could have been saved.
God would one-day reward Jeremiah for his faithfulness. You and I must decide to either be men pleasers or God pleasers? Jeremiah chose to please God, what about you?
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