What motivates your actions? What compels you to keep going when things get tough? Jeremiah finds himself in the difficult situation of obeying God and reaping suffering and imprisonment for it. How difficult it must have been for him to persevere in the face of persecution and suffering. Yet Jeremiah does because he is compelled to obey because he recognizes that obedience is greater than earthly pleasure, that God is with him and he knows the ultimate outcome that awaits him.
We have seen in 1 Thessalonians a similar forward perspective. We are called to obey God knowing that Christ is going to return and reward his children while judging those who opposed him. Obedience may not always lead to immediate earthly gain but in eternity it will all be rewarded.
Therefore, let us follow in the footsteps of Jeremiah; and even more clearly Jesus, who shows us that obedience is worth it even if it leads to suffering or death.
Question of the day: Why is it worth obeying God even if it doesn't lead to immediate earthly gains or positive outcomes?
Father God, help me to obey you regardless of the results. Help me to have the perspective of eternity rather than the momentary and to walk with you. Help me to never put my own gains above your glory. Amen.