Jeremiah 20:10 Don’t Give Them The Opportunity

Jeremiah 20:10 (KJV)
For I heard the defaming of many, fear on every side. Report, say they, and we will report it. All my familiars watched for my halting, saying, Peradventure he will be enticed, and we shall prevail against him, and we shall take our revenge on him.

It would be absurd to suppose that everyone in his day knew Jeremiah. The population of the city was sufficient and the interests of people such that:

  • Some may not have ever heard his name
  • Some were only vaguely familiar with his name but
  • Some knew him well and were in a position to watch his testimony

Many of those familiars watched for a chink in his armor. They observed him, looking for:

  • an inconsistency to his faith,
  • a glitch in his walk,
  • a stumble along his path

We know those things existed, partly because the very chapter reveals one and mostly because it is true of us all. The lesson isn’t in whether or not they were there. The lesson is in the fact that people familiar with him looked for them.

We might not think it’s fair or just but it is a truth – those who openly walk with Christ will have some whose only interest in us will be to watch us fall.

They believe it will excuse their lack of faith. It will not.

But we ought to attempt to not provide them the opportunity.

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Jeremiah 20:10 Don’t Give Them The Opportunity

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Author: marvinmck

Marvin McKenzie was born in the Pacific Northwest and became a Christian at the age of eighteen. He has been in the Baptist ministry for thirty years and has planted and pastored churches in Washington and Oregon. Besides his pastoral ministry, Marvin has been actively involved in training men for the Baptist ministry. He has conducted local church Bible Institutes in those churches he has pastored, from which a number of men have entered the ministry. Marvin also served as: Vice President of the Western States Baptist Bible Fellowship, The Board of Directors of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA, Dean of men at Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, Executive Vice President of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA and Executive Vice President of Heartland Baptist Bible College in Oklahoma City, OK. Marvin is married to Anita. They have two sons, Bohannan and Caleb. Both are Baptist pastors in Washington State. Marvin enjoys camping, fishing and horses.

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