January 29

Jeremiah 1:8-10

“Then the Lord put out his hand and touched my mouth; and the Lord said to me, ‘Now I have put my words in your mouth.’”

Jeremiah’s call experience was so vivid…he could literally feel the touch of the Lord’s hand on his mouth. The vision changed his life and from that point on he proclaimed the word of the Lord to all who would listen and even to those who wouldn’t. It wasn’t a joyful experience. From the testimony of scripture we learn that he was maligned and abused at every turn…the people did everything but take his life. Humiliation was a daily occurrence…he was even thrown in jail. That’s how it is with true prophets, men and women who have had an encounter with the Divine Presence and have been given a mission. There is nothing that can dissuade them. They will remain faithful until the end. Their testimony through the ages has been an inspiration to the people of God. From them we learn that there are values and principles worth dying for…we are encouraged to take a stand for the God of steadfast love and mercy. Followers of Jesus recognize the legacy that we have from the prophets and even take to the streets to stand with the broken and the abused. We have been blessed with so many prophetic voices even in our time and because of their influence, bit by bit the Kingdom of God is becoming visible in our world.

Thought for the Day: Who are some contemporary prophets?

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