January 18, 2015

2 Chronicles 36:12 He did evil in the eyes of the Lord his God and did not humble himself before Jeremiah the prophet, who spoke the word of the Lord.

To this point we have been reading about people humbling or failing to humble themselves before God, but here it speaks of failing to humble yourself before God’s messenger. We have trouble with that, too! When God uses someone we are to give that person honor, not because of them personally but because of the God they serve. We tend to bow to titles, to political or physical power, or even to popularity, but all of those are illusions and/or temporary. Jeremiah got the short end of this stick for most of his life, and tradition tells us he was stoned to death in Egypt by the very people to whom he was seeking to deliver the Word of the Lord. Today we recognize him as one of the giants of the Old Testament, but I wonder how we respond to someone acting in that same capacity today. David Wilkerson comes to mind. Some acknowledged him as a faithful servant of the Lord, but many dismissed him as a “fringe fanatic.” That’s not humbling yourself! Some of his prophecies were perhaps delayed by repentance, but many are looming over us even today, just as Jeremiah’s were over Judah. He reached many, but it was still comparatively few, because he was never a crowd pleaser. We are never to idolize people, but when they deliver the Word of the Lord to us, we are to give them the respect due the Word, in all humility.

This is an awkward thing for me to write on, because it feels like I am demanding respect, and that is not my heart. Last night I delivered a Word to a group where most of those present had never heard me before. The response was actually very good, though I’m sure there was a wide spectrum. I feel like I was given a high level of respect, and I praise God for it. I’ll be going to two conferences/meetings next month, though not as a program speaker. I am to keep myself available for whatever God intends, recognizing the opportunities He gives me and making the most of them, just as Paul said. (Ephesians 5:16, Colossians 4:5) I am never to demand respect or honor, but I am not to refuse it when it is given because of the Word I speak. God is the source of all true glory, and it is to be returned to Him.

Father, thank You for speaking through me last night. I do pray that Your words would remain in the hearts of those who heard, whichever language they were listening to. May all of Your children catch the vision You have for them, not borrow someone else’ vision, and be fully faithful in moving toward it in Your wisdom and power, so that Your Name may be hallowed and Your kingdom come as Your will is done, for Your glory. Thank You. Hallelujah!

About jgarrott

Born and raised in Japan of missionary parents. Have been here as an adult missionary since 1981.
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