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In the Book of Jeremiah, chapter 20, verse 9, I find these words:
"But if I say I'll never mention the LORD or speak in his name, his word burns in my heart like a fire. It's like a fire in my bones! I am worn out trying to hold it in! I can't do it!" - (nlt)
When getting at the nitty-gritty of what Jeremiah is saying (and feeling) we must look at what is prior to this and where he was going. If we go back a few verses we see poor Jeremiah being flogged for doing what God has moved him to do. As a prophet of God he was moved to both say the truth and denounce what is wrong, but also he foretold the bad things to come. There are consequences for a sinful land and king. As today, truth is often rejected, and a person might find, his or herself, persecuted in various ways for speaking the truth. Jeremiah obviously felt that he was getting nowhere so he felt he could not speak. He was a melancholic introvert, yet the truth was burning within his being. He was worn out trying to hold it in.....and had to let the pressure of it out. At times he certainly did.
Does the truth burn in you? Do you feel the strain in holding back saying the truth? Today in the western nations we do not get flogged but we do often feel that we must hold back due to customs and etiquette... Or we do not want to lose friends or rock the boat. It is important to speak truth and fight injustice so we must do so, and it would be wrong not to. Pray to God about it and think before you act and speak.
Praise the Lord.