Please read Jeremiah 19 and 20, and also Daniel 1. What are you highlighting today? I would love to hear your take-a-way from today’s reading!
Jeremiah tells us how hard it was for him to deliver these prophecies – I know the attitude isn’t right, but he’s human.
“You pushed me into this, God, and I let you do it. You were too much for me.
And now I’m a public joke. They all poke fun at me.” (Jeremiah 20:7 MSG)
Whether it’s easy or hard, we have to be obedient. Jeremiah felt alone in his convictions at times, and I’m sure most of us can relate to that feeling. Jeremiah took his difficulty to the Lord, and continued the dialog with God. God is not afraid of our questions or our feelings – we never have to feel alone with Him on our side.
Daniel’s fast was effective! When Daniel, along with his friends also taken captive, refused the king’s food,
“The steward agreed to do it and fed them vegetables and water for ten days. At the end of the ten days they looked better and more robust than all the others who had been eating from the royal menu. So the steward continued to exempt them from the royal menu of food and drink and served them only vegetables. God gave these four young men knowledge and skill in both books and life. In addition, Daniel was gifted in understanding all sorts of visions and dreams” (Daniel 1:14-15 MSG)
Fasting is such an important discipline, even today.