There’s just something about passionate people that makes us sit up and take notice. We may not even agree with or hold the same passion, but we listen. Their passion is like a burning fire and while we may or may not catch the spark and burn likewise, we’re affected by their fiery heat one way or the other.
Of course the best kind of passion is the one that’s planted in your heart by God. It starts small, kindled by a simple observation, a gentle tug of the heart, a word spoken in passing, something you read, or, sometimes, just out of the blue. Then it heats up as God feeds your initial interest with concern, righteous indignation, excitement, what-ifs, and enthusiasm. Before you know it the God-planted passion is burning in your soul and threatening to overflow like a mighty volcano.
That’s how it was with Jeremiah, even when he’d “had it up to here” with the people he confronted with his fiery messages of God’s wrath, love, and forgiveness.