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When people disappoint you.

Updated: Sep 30, 2018

There are times when we would say “What’s the use?” No one listens. No one cares what God has to say. People are going to do what they want no matter what you say. We’d rather forget our calling to share the Word of God with our friends. Remember to find your comfort in crisis from Christ. Only Christ can inspire you to continue to “fight the good fight of faith.”


Jeremiah 11:18-20


Because the Lord revealed their plot to me, I knew it, for at that time he showed me what they were doing. I had been like a gentle lamb led to the slaughter; I did not realize that they had plotted against me, saying,

“Let us destroy the tree and its fruit;

let us cut him off from the land of the living,

that his name be remembered no more.”

But, O Lord Almighty, you who judge righteously

and test the heart and mind,

let me see your vengeance upon them,

for to you I have committed my cause.


Dear Friends,


You learn a lot about a person’s character at a time of adversity. You see how people handle hardship. Sometimes people find within themselves a resolve and a strength they never knew they had. Other times you see people simply fall apart as though they had no hope for any future happiness. Character, or the lack of it, becomes apparent at times when one least expect it.


The prophet Jeremiah displayed rare character throughout his 41 years of ministry. Jeremiah loved the people of Jerusalem dearly. He loved his Lord more. Jeremiah lived a very lonely life. The Lord did not want him to marry. His character was tested!

Murder plots against Jeremiah were frequent. He was lowered into a muddy cistern, his scrolls were burned, he was imprisoned, beaten and called a liar. God used all these things to build character in Jeremiah. The Lord told Jeremiah, “Today I have made you a fortified city, an iron pillar and a bronze wall to stand against the whole land.” God gave Jeremiah a strong character. He needed it to do the work assigned to him. He preached the Word of God to the people he had grown up with, but they refused to listen or to repent of their sins. The more he preached, the more people hated him. His character was tested!


I’d like to think that our world is not as calloused as was Jeremiah’s. I’d like to think that people aren’t as bull headed as they were back then. I’d like to think that people still repent of their sins when they see their faults and realize that they have angered the Almighty God by their sinfulness. I’d like to think that people still rejoice over the good news of Jesus Christ. I’d like to think that the message of full and complete forgiveness for Jesus sake motivates people to change their lifestyles so that they want to live a life of thanksgiving to God for his grace and mercy to them in Jesus Christ. But something tells me that our world is too much like the world of Jeremiah.

May God’s Word today give us the courage that is so often lacking in our lives to be something more than a Sunday morning Christian. May we find new courage to share the Word of God whether people want to hear it or not. Consider this thought:


“Christ Builds Character in Crisis”

I. Continue your Calling in Christ

II. Commit your Cause to Christ


Here is the crisis for Jeremiah: “Because the LORD revealed their plot to me, I knew it, for at that time he showed me what they were doing.” There was a plot to kill him! Jeremiah had warned the people that the Lord would destroy their nation and drive them from their homeland if they did not repent. The people didn’t like what Jeremiah said. Instead of seeing how they had drifted away from the LORD, they blamed Jeremiah for preaching too much doom and gloom. Instead they insisted: “We are God’s people. We are protectors of God’s temple.


We have nothing to worry about.” They believed Jeremiah was the problem in the land and not them. The people had become so sick and tired of his doom and gloom preaching that they planned to kill him. These people were supposed to be his friends! What comfort is there for a man when it seems as though everyone has turned against you? Our comfort is always found in Christ.


There are times when we would say “What’s the use?” No one listens. No one cares what God has to say. People are going to do what they want no matter what you say. We’d rather forget our calling to be share the Word of God with our friends. Remember to find your comfort in crisis from Christ. Only Christ can inspire you to continue to “fight the good fight of faith.” If you have been disappointed by people who you thought were your friends, you know how Jeremiah felt in our text. When the Lord revealed the plot to Jeremiah, he reassured Jeremiah that God is still in control. You are always safe. Continue in your calling in Christ.


Jeremiah’s character was tested as he came to grips with the truth that the LORD is the only one he could count on. This incident led him to trust in Christ no matter what the crisis. This incident gave him courage to continue in the calling to which God had assigned him.


Jeremiah couldn’t allow the people’s hatred and rejection to stop him. His message was their only hope. They needed to hear what he had to say whether they liked it or not. No matter what the consequences, he had to speak the Lord’s Word. Only the power of that Word, only the grace of the Lord could bring about a change in their hearts and work faith in them. He knew that some would repent and believe the Word so he continued.


He wrote about his life: “I had been like a gentle lamb led to the slaughter; I did not realize that they had plotted against me, saying, ‘Let us destroy the tree and its fruit; let us cut him off from the land of the living, that his name be remembered no more.’” You recognize the comparison to Isaiah 53:7 – “He (Jesus) was led like a lamb to the slaughter.” Jesus would be treated as Jeremiah describes here. The lamb was a household pet. It trusted those who raised it. That lamb went to slaughter without any resistance. So willingly did our Lord go to the cross to take our sins a