Jeremiah’s Complaint “What sorrow is mine, my mother. Oh, that I had died at birth! — The Lord's reply in verse 11, “I will take care of you, Jeremiah. Your enemies will ask you to plead on their behalf in times of trouble and distress. Please give me time; don’t let me die young. This is how the Lord responded: “If you return to me, I will restore you so you can continue to serve me. If you speak good words rather than worthless ones, you will be my spokesman. You must influence them; but do not let them influence you! Like the prophet Jeremiah, we have to decide how to interact with the world around us while remaining true to our faith. During a heart-to-heart talk with God, Jeremiah voiced his frustration over not fitting in with his peers. He said in Jeremiah 15:10, “I am hated everywhere I go” and “I never joined the people in their merry feasts.
Jeremiah had to speak God’s messages to the Israelites—confronting their sin and informing them of the consequences and although the people plugged their ears and ostracized the prophet, God reminds him in Jeremiah 15:19, “You must influence them; but do not let them influence you!” When God calls us to Himself, He’s recruiting us to be lanterns in dark places (Matthew 5:14-16).
Even so, living for God can be challenging when our flesh feels the tug of earthly enticement. We can find the right balance between God’s holiness and the world around us only when He’s our greatest influence.
Puts it this way: Deviate from the world, run to Christ’s likeness. Run, I says run to the One who is righteous. Get accountability—go and read your Bible too. Get into the Word of God, and get the Word of God in you!
Read 1st Corinthians 15:33 for important insight into forming friendships. Look up John 3, 1:9-12 for examples of good and bad influences within the church.