Side by Side – Day 38 “Distress Signal”

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Do you ever feel like telling God, “This is not what I signed up for!?” I do lots of times… and little secret,
there are times I actually tell Him that. I call them my Jeremiah moments.

In today’s reading, we hear Jeremiah telling God of all the awful things that are happening to him since
he started proclaiming what the Lord has given him as a message. As with all scripture though, we should
do a little study for ourselves and go back to read the whole passage. Chapter 20 of the book of Jeremiah
starts with, “You duped me O’ Lord and I let myself be duped.” Basically, accusing God of not telling him
what being a prophet would really mean when He went along with God’s plan.

There is good news in all this though. He only gets 10 lines in before he says, “But the Lord is with me,
like a mighty champion…” (Jer 20:11). Jeremiah was willing to see the whole picture. He sent his distress
signal to God getting out what he needed to in his feelings through words but then proclaims his
faithfulness despite the struggle. When the going gets tough, the tough get going. Don’t let a few weak
moments dampen the beauty of who God created you to be… blow off a little steam and remain faithful.