We do not get to determine our call or select our assignment. We must discern our purpose and move forward by acting accordingly. This is not easy especially when you find yourself in a place, among people, or in a season that is difficult. It is not easy, when like Jeremiah, you don’t like the assignment, but there is no rest when you disobey. That’s his predicament in Jeremiah 20:7-9: 7 O Lord, you have enticed me, and I was enticed; you have overpowered me, and you have prevailed. I have become a laughingstock all day long; everyone mocks me. 8 For whenever I speak, I must cry out, I must 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,” then within me there is something like a burning fire shut up in my bones; I am weary with holding it in, and I cannot.
In the words of Malcolm X, he feels “hoodwinked, bamboozled, run amuck” by GOD! This is the place of authentic faith, of truly trusting God when we do not like God or what God is doing. The challenge remains to MOVE FORWARD in obedience, not our will, wants, or desire. It is to press on until despite the lament that fills the remainder of the chapter, we get to Jeremiah 21 and we obey despite how we feel.
The assignment doesn’t change to satisfy us, we must change to satisfy it. Your task is to MOVE FORWARD!