Jeremiah preached hard words to hard hearts. For over four decades he did the work of a prophet, yet saw no profit from it in the people’s lives. No repentance, no returning, no reformation – only the unrelenting judgment of God against his beloved Judah. He was beaten, imprisoned, ridiculed, despised, outcast by foe, friend and family. He was kidnapped. He was denied every earthly relationship that might bring joy. Little wonder he was the weeping prophet. He wept for his people, but he also wept for himself. In Jeremiah 20 we find the prophet in a valley of deepest darkness. His grief, anger and frustration carry him close to the border of apostasy. Jeremiah’s struggles, just like Jeremiah’s preaching, are written for our instruction. How do we walk in the light when God leads us into the Valley of The Shadow? Listen to “Valley of the Shadow” from Jeremiah 20.