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It is of the Lord's mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness. (Lamentations 3:22-23)

Do you ever think your work for God is unfruitful and not accomplishing much? Jeremiah, the prophet, often felt discouraged and wondered if his efforts were futile. Jeremiah was God's spokesman who delivered messages of gloom that the people of Judah did not want to hear. He warned of God's judgment and urged the people to repent, but they refused to listen. Jeremiah became a laughingstock and a target of mockery.

Throughout his ministry, Jeremiah suffered persecution and was threatened, imprisoned, beaten, falsely accused, and rejected by his family. At times, he felt that God had forsaken him, and he cursed the day he was born. Known as "the weeping prophet." Jeremiah shed many tears for the people, but he never quit.

In 586 B.C., Jerusalem fell to the Babylonians, the Temple was destroyed, and the people were taken into exile. Tormented by grief, Jeremiah wept for Jerusalem. But, in the midst of his sorrow came the realization of God's faithfulness and unfailing love for His people, who would not be cast off forever. (Lamentations 3:31-32). Jeremiah felt assured that God would bring His people back unto Himself and give them a future.

God called Jeremiah to a difficult ministry, but HE equipped him for the task. In spite of persecution, Jeremiah endured, proving to be one of God's most faithful servants.

Heavenly Father, thank You for encouraging us during times of sorrow and discouragement. Thank You for Your faithfulness that continues throughout our lives. In Jesus' name. Amen.

SUSAN FERGUSON

Susan Ferguson is a freelance writer who lives in Madison, Mississippi with her husband. She is an accountant by profession and works during the day and writes at night. She is a member of Faithwriters and participates in their daily devotional. She likes to read, travel, and cook for family and friends.