Today’s guest post is by Anne Cropper, who is sharing how the scriptures have strengthened her in deepest times of need. We’re so grateful for her insight, and example. Also Lisa Funk has designed a beautiful print of Anne’s scripture, which you can download for free at the end of this post! Thank you Anne and Lisa!
I taught the adult Sunday School class in my congregation for four years, it was a tremendous blessing in my life and I still feel the void since being ‘released’ from that calling two months ago. One of the most incredible things about studying and teaching, was the way I could see my life within the lens of any particular lesson. The Spirit taught me richly, and I experienced distinctive application of the scriptures. The following story of Jeremiah has had particular meaning in my own life.
Jeremiah ministered to the Jews while wicked king after wicked king led the people to destruction. He tried to raise a voice of warning, to cry repentance, and, as a result, his existence was rife with sorrow. He was beaten and put in stocks. He was opposed and hated by his neighbors and family. When his written prophecies were burned by a wicked king, he obeyed the Lord and wrote them again. Eventually, he was accused unjustly and put into prison. He was later cast into a dungeon, where he sank into the mire (Jeremiah 38:4-6).
Jeremiah was not immune to bemoaning the pains of his life full of tribulation.
He knew who he was and he remembered what God had promised him.
“I have made thee this day… an iron pillar (Jeremiah 1:18).”
God had told him from the very beginning that he would be made as strong as iron. Strong enough to withstand the cruelty from his family, the wicked kings and priests– his people. Strong enough to say to the corrupt princes, “I am in your hand; do with me as seemeth good (Jeremiah 26:14).” Strong enough to sink down in the mire but come out again to fight the good fight.
God was with him. He made of Jeremiah an iron pillar. And Jeremiah remained true and strong.