What’s the worst job you can imagine? Perhaps a task for which success is near impossible, a task that is thankless and likely to end in failure.  I suspect that Theresa May could claim to have been given such a task! Jeremiah had perhaps the worst of all tasks: his people were heading for utter disaster (disaster that makes Brexit look like a walk in the park!)

  1. Why?

There was a plot to kill Jeremiah. Why? Because he had pointed out the error of the ways of the people: judgment was coming from the North. We tend to become a bit immune to the situation in Judah at that time. Yes, yes, we know about the idols, yes, we know it was bad, yeah, yeah, yeah. It seems similar today, we become so accustomed to deeply destructive sinful practices around us that we hardly notice them.

It was sometime in the early 1970s and I was in a chemistry class at Secondary school. We were being taught the wonders of the atom and sub-atomic particles. We were taught that each atom has a nucleus and in that nucleus are protons and neutrons.

  1. Listen and Tell

I once had occasion to meet a professor who, whilst without doubt was a brilliant man, but was of a distinctly objectionable character. He wanted to argue about everything and was only satisfied when he had humiliated his ‘opponent.’

  1. A ruined waistcoat

The England football team returned from the Russia World cup a couple of days ago (as I write in mid July 2018). The team performed better than the most optimistic of optimists! One of the talking points during the tournament was the manager’s waistcoat! He wore it to every game – even in the sultry heat when the team defeated Sweden in Samara. Apparently online sales of M&S waistcoats doubled during the world cup!  Jeremiah was asked by the Lord to wear a linen belt – perhaps if he had been sent to speak to the English people it would have been a waistcoat!

If you wake up in the middle of the night and need to get back to sleep, a radio under your pillow can help! The BBC world service broadcasts 24 h a day and one of their programmes currently scheduled for 3.00 am (GMT) is Outlook. It tells stories of heroism and bravery in the face of danger and difficulty. At least it did.