“They will fight against you but will not overcome you, for I am with you and will rescue you,” declares the LORD. Jeremiah 1:19
God called Jeremiah to speak to the people and the nations. Many of his words that he would have to speak were not very nice sounding, politically correct words, yet they would be the message God wanted the people to hear. God promised Jeremiah that the people would fight against him because of those words, however, God would rescue him. Despite their numbers and strength, they would not be able to destroy Jeremiah.
No one likes to be offended in any way or spoken against and told that he is wrong. People like to think that their choices and decisions are the best and that they are correct in all that they do. They want to be in absolute control of their own lives and not allow anyone else to take away that control.
The gospel message is the number one message that God wants all of the world to hear about. His whole purpose in sending Jesus to the earth was to save the world from their sins.
Yet, as great as that message is, it is also extremely offensive and politically un-correct. In the eyes of the world it is the wrong thing to say.
It is offensive because it says:
* It says you are wrong
* It says you are going to die
* It says you have to give up all control
* It says that you must obey
* It says you must forgive
* It says you must love
* It says that there is only one way into heaven
If you speak these kinds of words to most people, most of them will hate you and fight against you. God promised this to Jeremiah, Jesus went through this, and Jesus promised you would also be persecuted for your belief. It is nothing new.
The world does not see God’s love showing how to have the best life possible for all eternity, because they get stuck on the words of them being wrong. It doesn’t make sense that God would die for you, but it is the truth.
Despite the world hating you for the gospel message, God is with you. All the world can do is destroy your body, God has your soul in His hands. They cannot destroy that. God will rescue you in the end. So go out and share that gospel message with the world. Show them that God really does love them, even when they are wrong.
I pray today that God will fill you with boldness to speak His words; that you will be filled with God’s love for the people; and that the world will see God’s love through you.