“But the LORD is with me as a dreaded warrior; therefore my persecutors will stumble; they will not overcome me. They will be greatly shamed, for they will not succeed. Their eternal dishonor will never be forgotten.” Jeremiah 20:11 [ESV] -> me: Jeremiah is so overwhelmed with not only what God has asked of him , but also feeling like God put in a position of persecution, mockery, and shame. He prays this lament to the Lord but then immediately follows it up with declaring Who God is by his side…a dreaded Warrior. He knows that God will punish those who have scoffed Jeremiah and they will be put to shame when they see the Lord follow through with the destruction He is warning everyone about. PERSONAL APPLICATION – Even in my lowest moments do I carry a trust of Who God is and what He has promised to do? Do I reach out to Him with my concerns and sorrows but in the same breath praise Him for Who He is? Is my faith deep enough to allow me to walk confidently in my conversation with One Who comforts AND defends? I need to be bold and open in my heartache and petition for myself and others who are persecuted but at the same time have a deep trust that rests in a justice to come for those who are evil.