Devotional- Your Word is Like a Fire- AJ Iovino

Posted: May 17, 2012 in Devotionals & Bible Studies
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Your Word is Like A Fire

ANTHONY IOVINO- 12-19-05

In the opening lines of Jeremiah (20:1-6) we see the prophet being taken into custody, beaten and placed in “stocks”.  Stocks in Hebrew is translated- Prison.  Jeremiah was being beaten and imprisoned for telling his countrymen that they would soon be taken captive and die in a foreign land, (Babylonia).

Jeremiah next complains to God about the demands on his life, (20:7-8).  He lets God know what is on his heart.  He tells God that because of the unpopular message of sword, famine, plague and captivity, his countrymen are ridiculing, insulting and attacking him.  Jeremiah then makes this confession in (Jeremiah 20:9):

But if I say , “I will not mention him or speak his name,

            His word is in my heart like a fire,

            A fire shut up in my bones.

            I am weary of holding it in;

            Indeed, I cannot.

 

Though Jeremiah was reluctant to speak God’s word anymore, because of the unpopular message and assaults on the prophet’s life.  He is overcome by God’s word.  He describes it as a fire inside his heart, encapsulated in his bones.  This fire (God’s word) he cannot hold in and must continue to speak God’s message no matter how grim this message may be.  He is totally devoted to his Lord.  (See Psalm 39:3 and Job 32:18).

Each of you today, although in prison and awaiting trial or sentencing may be complaining to God about the situation you are in.  God did not promise that Jeremiah would not suffer, but that He would deliver him out of his sufferings, (Jeremiah 1:19).  The situation each of you are in is destructive, but God can use it to bring glory to Himself.  Others may be looking down on you or writing you off as hopeless or useless.  Maybe it is even those closest to you, family, friends, wives, children.

I tell you this:  God wants what is best for you and is not looking to harm you, (Jeremiah 29:11).  This is not to say that you and I will not go through sufferings, but by staying committed to God’s word and letting His word enflame your heart with a fire you will have the strength to stand.  His word will fill you completely and help you understand your current situation.  His word will enable you to finish your sentence and when released to get your life back on track.  His word is living and active (Hebrews 4:12-13).  Each of you need to stay the course and help and encourage one another.  Our God is faithful even when our faith is faltering.

In 1 Corinthians 1:5, The Apostle Paul says, “For in Him you have been enriched in every way—in all your speaking and in all your knowledge.”

Your Word Is Like A Fire- 12-19-05

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