Jeremiah 45: 2 “Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel, to you, O Baruch: 3 You said, ‘Woe is me! For the Lord has added sorrow to my pain. I am weary with my groaning, and I find no rest.’ 4 Thus shall you say to him, Thus says the Lord: Behold, what I have built I am breaking down, and what I have planted I am plucking up—that is, the whole land. 5 And do you seek great things for yourself? Seek them not, for behold, I am bringing disaster upon all flesh, declares the Lord. But I will give you your life as a prize of war in all places to which you may go.”
I relate to Baruch quite a bit.
I have been called, like Baruch and all followers of God, to serve the circumstances I have been placed in and the people I have been placed near. But I find myself all to often feeling like I deserve better.
When I say “better” I mean more comfortable and indulgent. I want to call more of the shots on my day to day life: Sleep in more, set shorter working hours, etc.
When I call the shots I get lazy. Heck I only seem to get up and write for this blog on normal “work days”, outside of which I feel unmotivated and distant to this blog.
I have a suspicion that Baruch may have had a tough time writing down the book of Jeremiah if left to his own devices of decedent circumstances.
There are seasons of life when we need the discipline of forced circumstances to bring out the best in us. I don’t like it, but I have served many people I would never have served on God’s behalf otherwise.