Focus: Jeremiah 38:17a
Then Jeremiah said to Zedekiah, “This is what the Lord God of Heaven’s Armies, the God of Israel, says…”
I heard of a study recently that tested how long elementary school kids would work on a math problem before they gave up on it. The result was shocking to me: 37 seconds. 37 seconds?? That’s it?? Then they’re done? Ready to quit? If that’s an accurate picture of the nature of our moxy, we’re in big trouble. 37 seconds.
In stark contrast, Jeremiah endured obstacle after obstacle in today’s reading, but he didn’t give up. He had a message that he was determined to deliver, and as many times as he got knocked down (sometimes literally), he got back up and kept moving in the direction of his mission.
Jeremiah knew that God designed him for this task. We need to know that when God mades a designation, He follows through. As Pastor Chris stated in a sermon a couple weeks ago, “We always end up where God sends us.”
When my kids were small, I often said, “We can do this the easy way or the hard way.” (Ok, I still say it sometimes…) What I wanted them to know is that, either way, what I was asking of them would be completed. Sometimes they chose the easy way, and sometimes they chose the very hard way. In both instances, they ended up where I sent them.
Just as He did for Jeremiah, God has a purpose for you. Friend, do not give up. Pursue God and know His plan for you. You will get knocked down and discouraged, but God’s got you. He loves you, and He has a plan for you.
Just a few chapters ago in Jeremiah, God says this:
“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.”
And in John 16:33 Jesus says:
“Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.”
In the end, Jeremiah did get to fulfill his mission. If you stay the course (certainly for longer than 37 seconds!), you will, too.
Prayer: God, thank you for your plan for me. Help me to follow your lead, to listen closely to your word, and to stay strong in the face of adversity. I’m ready to be your good and faithful servant, Lord. Send me. In Jesus’ name, Amen.