The prophet Jeremiah comes to a point where he attempts to do away with his calling to ministry. When the word of the Lord first came to Jeremiah, the Lord spoke of his calling that predated his conception. However, instead of Jeremiah being a “fortified city and an iron pillar” he had become a frantic clown and an irate prophet. Jeremiah was told that God’s word was placed in his mouth.
By chapter twenty, Jeremiah boldly proclaims: “Then I said, ‘I will not make mention of Him, Nor speak anymore in His name.’ But His word was in my heart like a burning fire. Shut up in my bones; I was weary of holding it back, And I could not.” Despite the apparent lack of fruit from his ministry, the word of God had migrated from simply in Jeremiah’s mouth to being irreversibly fused in his bones and his heart. Preachers want to resign, BUT HIS WORD. Missionaries want to return home, BUT HIS WORD. Christians, weary from spiritual warfare, just want to be carnal like most church members, BUT HIS WORD. We must follow His Word!
His word firmly implanted in our hearts is like a burning fire. This is similar to Jeremiah 23:29 where the Bible says: “Is not My word like a fire?” says the Lord, And like a hammer that breaks the rock in pieces?” His Word will completely burn every excuse we have. The Word will burn to ash every false expectation we have. His Word will survive everything, but nothing will survive His Word. Jesus boldly proclaimed: “Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away” (Matthew 24:35).
Perhaps today you feel you have come too far; you gave up on salvation a long time ago. Yet I would tell you: BUT HIS WORD. His Word is clear that Christ died for all, and all may be saved (John 3:16; Romans 10:13). It does not matter what your heart feels. It does not matter what you thought was right. It does not matter what someone else told you. The real issue is: What does the Bible say?
The only thing that kept Jeremiah going was the unstoppable and unquenchable fire of the Word of God. The only thing that churches should propagate is the unstoppable and unquenchable Word of God. Friend, your “Jesus Calling” is poisoning you. Your “Daily Bread” is starving you. Your “Open Windows” are closing too many opportunities. These so-called devotions are not sufficient for spiritual strength. God did not inspire books about His Book; He inspired His Book: the Bible. With his nation going into captivity and watching Jerusalem burn to the ground, Jeremiah did not muster strength from something someone wrote about the Bible. Jeremiah was revived and renewed because the Word of the Lord came to him personally.
We would quit, BUT HIS WORD. Beloved, if you are not in the Word you will never know how blasphemous modern Christianity really is. We would cease speaking the truth in love through these articles, BUT HIS WORD. The Word would not let Jeremiah selflessly walk away from his calling. Pick up the Bible, and you will doubtlessly have a BUT HIS WORD moment.