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Therefore this is what the Lord says: “If you repent, I will restore you that you may serve me; if you utter worthy, not worthless, words, you will be my spokesman. Let this people turn to you, but you must not turn to them.”
Jeremiah had been complaining before the Lord. The reason for his complaint may have been his weariness of the people’s perpetual sin to the point that Jeremiah, quite possibly, might have been standing up for them and asking God for leniency towards them. But here the Lord reprimands Jeremiah, and says, “Hey you’re not their representative to me, you are my representative to them. You are to, Stay With Me.”
Sometimes, in the place of spiritual leadership, it becomes apparent that some individuals have not sought the Lord to help them bury their old sin nature. As a leader, you often become so weary of people’s sin and willful failure that you are tempted to appeal to the Lord to lighten up what He requires of the people. It’s one thing to look at this passage from a pastor’s perspective over a local church; however, this was a prophet’s perspective from a position of prophetic leadership of a nation. Those in spiritual leadership must always stay on the side of the Almighty. If that leader ever finds themself in the position of arguing on the side of the people, like Jeremiah, they will hear the strong rebuke from the Lord, “Stay With Me!”
I admit there have been times when I felt like I’m the only one obeying Your Word. The temptation has been for me to say “Lord, why don’t You ease up on them? Why make it so hard to follow You?” But I’m reminded this AM that I was called by You to lead people to You, not the other direction. I hear You calling this AM, “Stay With Me!” Lord I will. Amen