Jeremiah - A Man Who Suffered

For Righteousness Sake


      Jeremiah, a prophet of God and one of the great men of the Bible, suffered much for the cause of righteousness. Because of his unpopular message he was put in a dungeon and " the dungeon there was no water, but mire: So Jeremiah sunk in the mire." (Jeremiah 38:6.) How can a man endure being despised, rejected, hated and persecuted? Notice four qualities found in the life of Jeremiah which made it possible for him to endure these adverse cir­cumstances.


      Jeremiah was a very sensitive man. He was a gentle man. He stood like a solid rock outwardly but inwardly his heart was breaking for God's people. God's word was burning within him. (Jeremiah 20:8-9.) He became the victor not the victim of these circumstances!


      Jeremiah was a man of sympathy. His heart was heavy and his eyes filled with tears as he preached the message of doom for his beloved people and his land. (Jeremiah 4:19.) He repeatedly displayed his sympathy by praying for his people. (Jeremiah 8:21-22.) Being sympathetic to the hard times of others helps us in hard times.


      Jeremiah was a man of courage. He could face life with confidence that God was with him. (Jeremiah 1:17-19.) He did not give in even at the threat of his own life because he stood courageously with God.


      Jeremiah had overwhelming and unshakable faith and conviction in God. He had been called of God and spoke God's word. (Jeremiah 1:4-5.) His message was a message of doom but he was also a man of hope. When Jerusalem was besieged, Jeremiah demonstrated great faith in God by buying a field. (Jeremiah 32) He could see beyond the immediate hardships to the ultimate return and restoration of Israel. (Jeremiah 16:14; Jeremiah 32:37.) We also must look beyond troubles with faith and conviction in the God of heaven.


      May God help us to the end that we can have more: (1) sensitivity, (2) sympathy, (3) courage and (4) faith and conviction.


            To become a Christian you must hear, (Romans 10:17), believe in Christ (John 8:24), repent (II Peter 3:9), confess Christ (Matthew 16:16), and be baptized to put on Christ (Galatians 3:26-27.)


By Charles Box, Walnut Street Church of Christ, P.O. Box 551 Greenville, Alabama 36037 USA