This message by Pastor Rod Harris was delivered at Trinity Baptist Church on Sunday evening, January 6, 2008, and was taken from Jeremiah 10:17-25.
Three principles from the passage before us:
- (vs. 17-21) Godliness does not guarantee a life free of suffering and heartache. Jeremiah’s calling as a prophet did not deliver him from suffering, rather it destined him for it.
- (vs. 22-23) When judgment comes, the righteous find refuge and comfort in the providence of a sovereign, righteous, loving, and merciful God.
- (vs. 24-25) The godly gladly embrace God’s corrective judgment.
The only basis for our receiving God’s corrective judgment instead of his destructive judgment, found in verse 25, is in the person and work of Jesus Christ. This was as equally true in Jeremiah’s day as it is for us today, because Jesus was the lamb slain from before the foundation of the earth (Revelation 13:8, ESV).