Resign or Re-assign?
by Carol Yasin
Ever felt like quitting? Do you feel like everything in your life goes opposite the way than you hoped? Have you become discouraged and felt like quitting and just run away? You are not alone. Many people in the Bible have gone through this and one such person was our ‘weeping prophet’ Jeremiah.
Jeremiah was tired of being mocked by everyone. He was ridiculed, abused and beaten by those to whom he’d been sent? He cried to God in the following verse,
O Lord, You induced me, and I was persuaded;
You are stronger than I, and have prevailed.
I am in derision daily;
Everyone mocks me.
No wonder he cried like that. He had been a reluctant servant from the beginning. When God told him that He’d sanctioned him as a prophet before he was born (Jeremiah 1:5), his immediate response was ‘Ah, Lord God’ (Jerermiah 1:6), which actually meant , ‘No, Lord God’. He excused saying he was young and lacked the ability to speak, but God reminded him that he was not called because of his ability or age. He was only called because he was the chosen by God, and God put His words in His mouth (Jeremiah 1:9).
Jeremiah’s ministry was a tough one from the get-go. No one was listening to him and to his fellow countrymen, he was like a prophet of doom as he was warning them of their sins and God’s coming judgement. No wonder why Jeremiah felt that the whole world was against him and he even says in Jeremiah 20:9,
Then I said, “I will not make mention of Him,
Nor speak anymore in His name.”
Sometimes, like Jeremiah, when we face trials and tribulations we say, “Why me?” and we want to quit as we start feeling that God has given us a task which we cannot bear. Jeremiah faced opposition from his brothers in his own country when he says, “Thus says the Lord….”. Like Jeremiah, we, too, may find ourselves weeping over our own waywardness and others’ wantonness. But, it’s in those times that we, like him, the Weeping Prophet, must re-sign rather than resign our calling and commission.
Remember, God will not put more on you that you can bear. Though when God reassures us he did for Jeremiah in his whole book every time, we find ourselves complaining and murmuring against God as Jeremiah did. But the next verse says, Jeremiah didn’t resign but rather he continued with what God called him to do. (Jeremiah 20:9)
Even in the midst of the most ardent ridicule and persecution Jeremiah could not stop preaching God’s word. He couldn’t stop preaching because his heart was a blazing bonfire of passion that compelled him to share. He was a bonfire for God. It’s at our time of utter discouragement and creeping despair that we must feel “God’s Word in our heart as a burning fire that’s shut up in our bones.” Truly, it’s this inward burning and yearning that will keep us faithful and on the firing line.
Even though Jeremiah’s Faith was seemingly bi-polar—one minute saying “Sing unto the LORD, praise the LORD, for He has delivered the soul of the poor from the hand of the evil-doers” (Jeremiah 20:13) and the next minute wishing he’d never been born (Jeremiah 20:14-18)—he still stayed the course. And, so should we.
Thank God for those mountaintop experiences in your life when you could seemingly reach up and touch Heaven. But, do not forget that the same God Who met you there is the same One Who’ll sustain you in the “dark night of the soul.” Do not forget or shirk your calling, weary one. The Lord is faithful and His Grace is sufficient. Trust Him—and press on