Now Uriah, son of Shemaiah from Kiriath Jearim, was another man who prophesied in the Name of the Lord; he prophesied the same things against this city and this land as Jeremiah did. When King Jehoiakim and all his officers and officials heard his words, the king sought to put him to death. But Uriah heard of it and fled in fear to Egypt.
— Jeremiah 26:20-21
Jeremiah, God’s weeping prophet, suffered much in this life for fearlessly speaking God’s word to his people. Because of his faithfulness to God’s call, Jeremiah is forever remembered as one who penned the very words of God, and undoubtedly as one who received a rich welcome into the Kingdom of heaven. However, Jeremiah wasn’t God’s first choice for the mission. Uriah, the son of Shemaiah, was called to speak God’s word (the same word given to Jeremiah); yet the moment persecution came Uriah fled in fear. The scriptures go on to tell us that Uriah was ultimately tracked down and killed. The book of Jeremiah is one of the largest books of the Bible. The story of Uriah’s cowardice is summed up in only 4 verses of the bible.
According to Ephesians 2:10 we are all created for specific good works. The deciding factor of whether we become a footnote on the pages of history or make a lasting impact for eternity hinges on our decision to follow God’s call in faith, or flee from God’s call in fear. Fulfill God’s call on your life; don’t make Him resort to raising someone up in your place.
Heavenly Father, please equip me with faith to fulfill the specific calling you have on my life. Don’t let my life be merely a footnote in history, but help me make a lasting impact for eternity and finish strong. In Jesus’ Name I pray, AMEN!