Tag Archive | Prophet Jeremiah

II Samuel 7:18-19 ” Then King David went in and sat before the Lord, and he said: ‘Who am I, O Sovereign Lord, and what is my family, that You have brought me this far? And as if this were not enough in Your sight, O Sovereign Lord, You have also spoken about the future of the house of Your servant.’ “

The Lord calls you to do His work and instead, you balk.  You feel incapable, inept, and unfit for the job.  Wonderful!  You’re in great company!  Here King David, a man after God’s own heart, lamented…”Who am I Lord to be used by You?”  When God called Moses, all he could do was make excuses and ask, “Who am I?” (Exodus 3:11)   Isaiah, when called, could only fixate on his own sinfulness and unclean lips, not on what God was commissioning him to do.(Isaiah 6:5)  Jeremiah tried to justify not obeying the Lord by claiming he was too young to preach. (Jeremiah 1:6)  And Ezekiel when called,  just got angry. (Ezekiel 3:14)  Realize that you are not alone when you feel unworthy and unqualified for the plan God has laid out before you. He would not have called you if He wasn’t absolutely certain you were the best one for the job.  Please understand that the Lord isn’t asking you to do it alone…He’ll be with you every step of the way…He’s only asking for your obedience.

Jeremiah 14:10 ” This is what the Lord says about this people: ‘They greatly love to wander; they do not restrain their feet. So the Lord does not accept them; He will now remember their wickedness and punish them for their sins.’ “

In this world of immediate gratification… where there seems to be no control or limits placed on decency or morality anymore…should we be surprised when young people aimlessly wander through life without goals, plans, and purpose?  Their whole life has been centered around the next selfie…the next Social Media post…the next momentary pleasure.  For when you ask them what they want to be doing in five years and how they’re going about achieving that right now…they give you a blank stare.  Without direction, we flounder.  Without limits, we lose inhibitions.  Without a plan and purpose, our life is truly meaningless and empty.  God has a plan and purpose for everyone…a wonderful life full of joy, self-discovery, and most of all peace.

Jeremiah 17:7-8 ” But blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in Him. He will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit.”

It’s easy to trust the Lord when everything is going great in our lives.  When we’re happy and healthy and all around us is peaceful…it’s almost effortless to put our faith in God.  But it’s what happens when the unexpected and  the unanticipated crash into our lives that really shows how rooted and grounded we are in Him.  Droughts are long dry spells when rain doesn’t fall…the plants wither and the ground cracks.  There are times when all of us can go through “spiritual” dry spells.  Times when our soul seems parched, our body is withering, and our mind cracking under the stress… and we feel God is so far away.  But if we’re firmly rooted in the streams of living water, regardless of the trial, we can still flourish and grow.

Jeremiah 14:10 ” This is what the Lord says about this people: ‘They greatly love to wander; they do not restrain their feet. So the Lord does not accept them; He will now remember their wickedness and punish them for their sins.’ “

The Prophet Jeremiah’s message was primarily one of judgement upon Judah for their shameful and persistent sins.  They seemingly lacked the desire or even control to stop straying from God’s law.  The world today still wanders from God…aimlessly roaming, running after whatever has their attention…following a harmful path that can only lead to death and destruction.

Romans 12:19 ” Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: ‘It is Mine to avenge; I will repay,’ says the Lord.

The Apostle Paul is quoting Deuteronomy 32:35 urging others not to seek justice themselves out of anger or spite.  For Proverbs 20:22 tells us, “Do not say, ‘I’ll pay you back for this wrong!’  Wait for the Lord, and He will deliver you.”   But when we’re angry and frustrated, and think no one has our back…we tend to react badly.  It’s at that point that we need to take a deep breath and remember that the Lord tells us that He will defend us. (Jeremiah 51:36)

Luke 1:37 ” For nothing is impossible with God.”

God is mighty and strong on our behalf.  There is nothing that God can’t do.  In addressing the Lord, Jeremiah stated, “Nothing is too hard for You.” (Jeremiah 32:17)   The Creator of heaven and earth is not confined to time, place or our limited reasoning.  For our mighty God can attain the unattainable…make the impossible possible, and take the out of the question and answer it with a miracle.

Jeremiah 51:56 “For the Lord is a God of retribution; He will repay in full. “

The Lord is a just and fair God.  To the Believer and the unbeliever He is the same.  To one there is reward, to the other punishment.  To one there is requital, to the other, retaliation.  Measure for measure it’s the same…paying back in full, in all righteousness… we all will stand before Him to be judged one day.