You know what's crazy and sort-of depressing is that 30.5% of our #BibleIn365 readers are just now realizing that Jeremiah was not a bullfrog... [BAM] I just blew someone's mind [POW] I just broke someone's heart [SNAP] I just burst someone's bubble. It's alright, I knew this day would come and if your like me you'll find a bridge and get over it or you'll get a straw and suck it up haha. Crazy enough, Three Dog Night's original lyrics started with "Jeremiah was a prophet..." But it wasn't catchy and no one liked it, so one of the three dogs said, "Yo, dawg how 'bout we change prophet to bullfrog?" and before they knew it the song became #1 in 1971. It's crazy how impactful one word's substitution had in pushing a mediocre song into a legendary hit. Today we see Jer bear is being pulled from glory to glory. From mediocre to legendary in his relationship with God.
Jeremiah says in 15:16-18:
"When your words came, I ate them; they were my joy and my heart’s delight, for I bear your name, Lord God Almighty. I never sat in the company of revelers, never made merry with them; I sat alone because your hand was on me and you had filled me with indignation. Why is my pain unending and my wound grievous and incurable? You are to me like a deceptive brook, like a spring that fails."
It's at this point Jeremiah's human frustration comes out as he accuses God of not being as faithful as He should have been. Although Jeremiah had followed God's word to the letter, he finds himself complaining and doubting God's nearness and ability to provide and help him.
...then the Lord replies in 15:19-21
Therefore this is what the Lord says: “If you repent, I will restore you that you may serve me; if you utter worthy, not worthless, words, you will be my spokesman. Let this people turn to you, but you must not turn to them. I will make you a wall to this people, a fortified wall of bronze; they will fight against you but will not overcome you, for I am with you to rescue and save you,” declares the Lord. “I will save you from the hands of the wicked and deliver you from the grasp of the cruel.”
In Matthew 14 we find Jesus making all the disciples get in a boat and for them to meet Him at the other side of the lake, while He attempted to dismiss a crowd. The word says that night came and the disciples were still a ways from the shore when the wind and the waves began to pick up and push against the boat. All of a sudden the disciples see Jesus walking on the waves and they freak out not knowing if He was for real or if He was a ghost. Finally Peter gets the courage to talk to the "ghost" and Jesus calls Peter to Him. It's in that moment when Peter has to make a choice to "see + hear" his storm or to "see + hear" his Savior.
When asked how I'm doing, I have a tendency to always "describe my storm". In fact, I'll go into great detail about how big the waves are, how strong the wind is, how weak my legs are and what the storm is "saying" to me in this season. It's in those times I've been trying to reel myself back and begin to "reveal my Savior"....to begin to go into great detail about how big He is, how strong He is, how confident He is in me and what He is saying in this season.
God tells Jeremiah to stop speaking "worthless" words and to start speaking "worthy" words. To stop talkin' trash and start talkin' truth. To stop describing his storm and start revealing his Savior! It's crazy how a substitution of words can change a mediocre life into something legendary. It's not a trust in what we can do but a full confidence that He is enough, He is able and He is faithful!!!!
"Blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him. They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.” Jeremiah 17:7&8
So if we can get anything out of this blog and reading it would be to "see + hear" what our Savior is doing and saying. He believes in you! He trusts you! He's calling you to draw nearer to Him today whether your in a storm or on a sunny beach somewhere. Today he desires for us to speak "worthy" words over our lives and our world. He is worthy and He is enough! He always comes through for those that trust in Him!!