Jeremiah frequently felt put upon. Sometimes he felt put upon by God because he had been given an impossible mission—to tell his people to surrender their city and their temple. The reason God gave him this order was that in the long run surrender would lead to renewal and completion of the Messianic mission of the people. But the people didn’t know that and Jeremiah suffered as a result. He was put upon by his own relatives, the people who should have loved and supported him. They even wanted to kill him. In the end Jeremiah felt almost completely alone.
We may sometimes become aliens in our own house because of what we believe God would have us be and do. We need a clear set of priorities and realism about what it is God is asking of us. We do not live in a world that is perfect; we do not have sisters or brothers in Christ who are perfect. God’s plans for all of us are long-range. Fidelity to grace is more important than any passing trial.
Jeremiah complained but he did persevere. I too want to persevere, Lord, once I am honestly certain of your will for me. Protect me from self-deception.