“Then I said, I will not make mention of him, nor speak any more in his name. But his word was in mine heart as a burning fire shut up in my bones, and I was weary with forbearing, and I could not stay.”
Jeremiah had come to the end of his rope. He was tired of preaching and not seeing results, and the only conclusion he came to was to stop talking about the LORD; however, he could not stop the fire that was burning in his bones. There was a fire inside him that he couldn’t quench and that kept him from laying down on God.
One of the greatest needs in believers today is a fire that burns inside of them for God. Too many believers are passive about their service to God, and it is no wonder that they quit on God or simply sit and do nothing. When you look at what kept Jeremiah going, you find five things that kept him from saying, “I’m done.” These things will light a fire in your bones for God if you do them as well.
First, read God’s Word. The verse above says, “But his word was in mine heart…” God’s Word can’t be in your heart if you don’t read it. One of the reasons you need to read God’s Word is so that it will kindle a fire in your heart every morning that the affairs of life have tried to quench. You are sure to lose your fire for God if you don’t spend time in God’s Word daily.
Second, memorize God’s Word. If God’s Word is in your heart, that means you had to memorize it. Psalm 119:11 says, “Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.” Hiding the Word of God in your heart through memorization will bring to mind verses that will rekindle a fire in your heart that the daily affairs of life have tried to quench.
Third, meditate on God’s Word. Jeremiah had to be thinking and meditating about God’s Word if there was a fire kindled in his heart. Psalm 39:3 says, “My heart was hot within me, while I was musing the fire burned: then spake I with my tongue,” The more that Jeremiah thought about God’s Word, the hotter the fire burned in his heart. You won’t be able to contain yourself from proclaiming God’s Word when you stay close to the fire of God’s Word. When I lived in West Virginia, we had two wood stoves in our home that I often got close when they were warm. The heat would often get to the point where I had to get away from them because they were too hot. Meditating on God’s Word is like standing by those wood stoves and letting it warm your heart to speak. If you stand close to the world’s fire like Peter did, it will cause you to become silent and critical of the ways of God; however, when you warm yourself at the fires of God’s Word by meditating on it, you will find yourself not being able to contain yourself from speaking His Word to others.
Fourth, listen to the prodding of the Holy Ghost. Jeremiah was “weary with forbearing” because he was fighting the conviction from God’s Word. When the Holy Ghost convicts you to do more, listen to Him and don’t resist His prodding to do something for God.
Fifth, realize the victory the critics will have if you choose to quit. If anything should keep you going and light a fire in your heart, it should be that the critics will rejoice that they won. I know that serving the LORD can become wearisome, but you will find that a fire will be lit in your heart that you can’t help but continue for God if you let these things stir you.