Don’t Give Up!

Jeremiah 32:1-34:22

“Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh. Is anything too hard for Me?” Jeremiah 32:27

Well, I just finished watching one of my all time favorite movies, Facing the Giants. And I’m so glad that I found it on my really old saved recordings because I really needed to watch it today. I’ve been feeling pretty down in the dumps lately and really discouraged about my ministry. And now I know why, it’s because I’ve been facing the Giant.

There is a giant in this world that hates me and absolutely everything that I stand for. He hates my God and everything that He has done and will do for me. And the thing is, the Giant knows that my God is the God that opens doors that no one can close and He closes doors that no one can open. And the only thing that the Giant can do about it is to scare me and intimidate me into thinking that I’m not able to go through the door.

Satan holds us hostage with an unloaded gun. He can’t fire it, but he certainly likes to make us THINK that he can and that he will. But, is there anything too hard for God? Is there anything that He can’t do? No, He’s GOD!

But then there’s a second half to the equation that must be investigated; because it’s the empty gun that the Giant has been pointing toward me: And it’s a thought, “Sure God CAN do anything, but is He willing to do anything for you.”

In the gospel of Matthew chapter six verse twenty-five through thirty-four we read these words of Jesus,

“Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you? O you of little faith? Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”

In today’s Word of the Day we find SEVERAL instances where the LORD proclaims “good things” upon His people through the prophet Jeremiah. He begins by reminding them of the LORD’S faithfulness to His word in the past:

“You brought Your people Israel out of the land of Egypt with signs and wonders, with a strong hand and outstretched arm, and with great terror. And You gave them this land, which you swore to their fathers to give them, a land flowing with milk and honey. And they entered and took possession of it.” (Jeremiah 32:21-22)

“What You spoke has come to pass, and behold, you see it.” (Jeremiah 32:24)

Then He speaks of the future good in store for His people:

“I will bring them back to this place, and I will make them dwell in safety. And they shall be My people, and I will be their God. I will give them one heart and one way. … And I will make with them an everlasting covenant, that I will not turn away from doing good to them. And I will put the fear of Me in their hearts, that they may not turn from Me. I will rejoice in doing good, and I will plant them in this land in faithfulness, with all My heart and all My soul. For thus says the LORD; just as I have brought all this great disaster upon this people so I will bring upon them all the good that I promise them. … I will restore their fortunes, declares the LORD.” Jeremiah 32:37-39, 40-42 & 44

“Thus says the LORD who made the earth, the LORD who formed it to establish it – the LORD is His name: Call to Me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known. … Behold, I will bring to it health and healing, and I will heal them and reveal to them abundance of prosperity and security. I will restore the fortunes of Judah and the fortunes of Israel, and rebuild them as they were at first. I will cleanse them from all guilt of their sin against Me and I will forgive all the guilt of their sin and rebellion against Me. … They shall fear and tremble because of all the good and all the prosperity I provide for it. … Give thanks to the LORD of hosts, for the LORD is good, for his steadfast love endures forever! For I will restore the fortunes of the land as at first, says the LORD.” Jeremiah 33:1-3, 6-8, 9b & 11b”

God is faithful to His word. Always. Even if it’s painful to believe right now, just keep moving forward, you can do this because He is with you and on your side!

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