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Why get out of Bed?

What’s blown me away his week?

I’ll be honest, I’ve had better weeks. By Wednesday I was contemplating whether anyone at work would notice if I just stayed in bed for the day.

So what got me out of bed?

Reading Jeremiah.

Without wishing to be irreverent, I had him down as a rather scary bearded prophet that takes up a significant amount of the Old Testament foretelling doom and destruction.

But, to my surprise, amid the (deserved and necessary) graphic foretelling of disaster I discovered some beautiful gems. The Word of the Lord never fails to humble and astound me…

Take a look at Jeremiah 20:9 (Best read out loud dramatically)

But if I say, “I will not mention him
or speak any more in his name,”
his word is in my heart like a fire,
a fire shut up in my bones.
I am weary of holding it in;
indeed, I cannot
.”

WOW. PAUSE.

His word is in my heart like a fire”. WHAT?? “I am weary of holding it in indeed I cannot.”

God’s word is so precious that it pains us not to speak it to others.

IMAGINE if we truly lived as if the Word of the Lord was in us like a fire desperate to get out. As if every time we uttered words they would speak of our beautiful Saviour and point to his timeless truth of Salvation through Christ. Imagine the transformation in our own lives and the lives of others as our words, attitudes and actions were continually being refined by the Lord’s word. I wouldn’t be rude about my boss! I’d refrain from snapping at my housemate for some minor incident, I wouldn’t tell a white lie to get out of the fact that I just haven’t done the work, I wouldn’t skip praying in the morning to do an extra 50 sit-ups (no laughing now), I wouldn’t bail out on inviting my friend to the carol service ‘cos she’s probably not interested, I’d forgive my sibling for yet again forgetting to call.

Relationships would be restored, lives transformed, and most importantly God’s name glorified as more and more hear his Word and gratefully bow the knee to their Creator and Saviour.

Now that’s worth getting out of bed for!

Lizi Ross