In Jeremiah 18, God spoke to Jeremiah to go to the potter’s house and there He would “announce My words to you.” He could have just told Jeremiah what He wanted to tell him. He could have said, “I’m going to break Judah and Jerusalem to pieces. They are going down.”
But no, that’s not what He did.
He used an illustration for Jeremiah, and thus for the people of Jerusalem and Judah. And He didn’t just tell him the illustration here—He showed him the illustration. God wanted this to reach into Jeremiah’s heart. Why? Because He knew that it would make Jeremiah’s message so much more powerful. Jeremiah would be able to speak from his heart. God wanted him to experience His story.
Isn’t that like us today?
In order for us to have passion, we have to experience a story. It has to become ours.
If we are going to share with others about how Christ can work in their lives, it needs to come from how Christ first works in our lives. Not that their experience is the same as ours, but we can have a little better understanding of what they are going through if we’ve been through something similar.
Paul tells us this in 2 Corinthians 1: 3-4 that God, the Father of mercies and all comfort, “…comforts us in all our affliction so that we will be able to comfort those who are in any affliction with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.”
I am so glad you have come to my blog. My heart is to share with you how God uses stories—both true and fiction (such as parables) to reach into our hearts. God’s Word is filled with testimonies about His faithfulness. He is an awesome God, and that is what I hope you will realize as I “speak” to you through my devotionals and stories.
But He doesn’t want us to keep these truths to ourselves.
Just like He reaches into our hearts through His Word, He wants us to reach into the hearts of others with His story and our story combined. I pray that this will happen in your life as you read these blog posts that I write. I pray that you will experience God’s story in your own life!