“Why was I ever born when all I see is suffering and misery, and my days are filled with shame?” Jeremiah 20:18
When adversity hits us, it may come as a shock, but when it continues and worsens, our faith faces the test.
I’m so glad that the God didn’t edit out the parts in the Bible where people questioned their lives, their calling, and their faith. It validates our feelings as part of the normal human experience during our walk as a Christian.
Even though God had clearly told Jeremiah that he was born for a purpose (Jer 1:5), he had forgotten that during this time of suffering:
Cursed be the day in which I was born!
Let the day not be blessed in which my mother bore me!
Let the man be cursed
Who brought news to my father, saying,
“ A male child has been born to you!”
Making him very glad. Jeremiah 20:14-15
Job had a similar reaction:
Perish the day I was born,
the night someone said,
“A boy has been conceived.” Job 3:3
As many times as I have suffered in my life, and continue to do so in some regards, I appreciate and understand the sentiment. Why? Why was I even born? Why do I have to suffer? Why do I have this shame?
How reassuring it must have been for Jeremiah to hear the words in Chapter 29? It isn’t always welcomed from our friends during our darkest hours, but that was never the intention from God.
I know the plans I have in mind for you, declares the LORD; they are plans for peace, not disaster, to give you a future filled with hope. Jeremiah 29:11
He knows the plans. He has them in His mind. His plans are for peace and not disaster. Despite our feelings and what we perceive. The plans the Lord has are “filled with hope.”
So it is our choice, friends, For this Hope is in us.
God wanted to make the glorious riches of this secret plan, known among the Gentiles, which is Christ living in you, the hope of glory. Colossians 1:27
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