Mixed emotions

The first reading at church today was Jeremiah 20:7-9:

7 O LORD, thou hast deceived me, and I was deceived; thou art stronger than I, and thou hast prevailed. I have become a laughingstock all the day; every one mocks me.
8 For whenever I speak, I cry out, I shout, “Violence and destruction!” For the word of the LORD has become for me a reproach and derision all day long.
9 If I say, “I will not mention him, or speak any more in his name,” there is in my heart as it were a burning fire shut up in my bones, and I am weary with holding it in, and I cannot.

Passionate stuff. The feeling of being slapped around for trying to do the right thing has been around for a long, long time.

Here’s the whole verse in context if you are interested.


  1. Persecution/ridicule for doing/saying what you believe is the right is always around–maybe not as public as for some, but still there.

    Good encouragement for all of us.