Jeremiah then returned from Topheth, where the LORD had sent him to prophesy, and stood in the court of the LORD's temple and said to all the people, "This is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says: 'Listen! I am going to bring on this city and the villages around it every disaster I pronounced against them, because they were stiff-necked and would not listen to my words.'" When the priest Pashhur son of Immer, the chief officer in the temple of the LORD, heard Jeremiah prophesying these things, he had Jeremiah the prophet beaten and put in the stocks at the Upper Gate of Benjamin at the LORD's temple. (NIV)
Some Christians have the mistaken idea that is they are obeying God nothing bad will happen to them. They obviously have never read the book of Jeremiah. Jeremiah was a prophet to the people of Judah before they were taken into captivity by the Babylonians. God gave Jeremiah the message that if Judah did not repent of their idolatry, they would be swept away and Judah would be no more. But the people would not listen to Jeremiah. Yet, he did not stop preaching the message God gave him. He obeyed, even though he paid a heavy price for his obedience.
What price did Jeremiah pay for his obedience? He was hated, beaten, put in stocks, jailed in a dungeon and placed under house arrest. Many times his enemies threatened to kill him. That probably was not what he expected to happen by being obedient. Despite the persecution, Jeremiah persevered.
Today, Christians need react to adversity as Jeremiah did. If our circumstances seem harder because we are obeying God's Word, we need to trust God to see us through the difficulty. We should follow Jeremiah's example of obedience, no matter what.
Lord, When I face adversity for obeying You, help me to stand strong as Jeremiah did.