To not be afraid of suffering
For confidence that God is at work in your life and the lives of others
Today’s text: Jeremiah 1:11-19
JEREMIAH HEARD FROM GOD two (and a half) things: the first thing was that the Lord’s arm was not short, that the Lord was not just local, but his reach went around the world. “I am calling all the nations…” God sets things in motion in places far away and their affects come to your door. In this, Jeremiah learns that it is not just his own life with which he should be concerned, but to look for and those places and those persons where God is at work—even among those who do not acknowledge God. We are also tempted to parochial thinking, to consider only ourselves, our family, our group, but under God’s call we should look further afield and be aware that God is at work in places and among people to whom we pay no mind or even disdain.
The second thing is that Jeremiah should be ready for suffering. “Do not be dismayed” by the people of Judah—God is warning Jeremiah that the people of Judah will resist him, thwart him, fight him, and try to undo him. In such moments, obedience is hard! We see injustice, unreason and in our bitterness and anger we want to act, to take things into our own hands. Even if it is only in our minds, we curse those who we think are our enemies. In such moments, let us remember the first thing: God’s arm is not short, and he is God even where evil seems strong. We have no reason to be afraid.
And the half-thing? The word grows because God watches and tends it carefully. It will accomplish its purpose, in your life and in the lives of others.
May your day be grace-filled ~ Pr. Dave Brooks