“Your words were found and I ate them,
And Your words became for me a joy and the delight of my heart;
For I have been called by Your name,
O Lord God of hosts.” (Jeremiah 15:16)

Reading the book of Jeremiah you can appreciate that he writes with his heart on his sleeve. Some have struggled through this book because of how much Jeremiah mirrors their own life and struggle. In this verse, Jeremiah is an example to us in a passive and active way.

Jeremiah passively listened for God to speak. He was given his charge by the Word of the Lord; he was told that he would not lead any person of his day away from destruction; he sat and struggled and prayed by mediating on the words God gave him. But Jeremiah, in the second part of the verse, goes from passive to active. God’s Word caused Him to be still and listen and once received he understand he was called by God’s very name. Called to do what? To go and proclaim God’s Word to others.

Pastor John Samuel Barnett, today, encourages us to be like Jeremiah – always listening and actively seeking to be used by God.

(From 2014DEC14 – FTF-11 – What God Wants To Do With Spirit-Filled Days, Moms & Children – Lessons From The First Spirit-Filled Family)