God of the Impossible
Sovereign God, I thank You for Your powerful, bold, reliable presence with me today and every day.
Read Jeremiah 30:1-24
Scripture taken from the Holy Bible, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 International Bible Society. All rights reserved throughout the world. Used by permission of International Bible Society.
“God moves in a mysterious way his wonders to perform; he plants his footsteps in the sea, and rides upon the storm” (William Cowper, 1731-1800).
Put it in writing! I stake my reputation on it! The days of restoration are coming! This is the assured promise of the Lord to a defeated and demoralized Israel. They were demoralized emotionally and demoralized ethically. God does not take the rejection of all that he has done for Israel lightly. It is not just for the insult done to the honor of his name that God will have to deal severely with his people. It is for their ultimate good that times of hard discipline will come. God is a jealous God, but not in the sense that he is primarily concerned about his own reputation. Rather, he is jealous for Israel’s reputation, that it should be a light to the surrounding nations, a living demonstration of God’s holiness as well as his power and his love.
Humanly speaking, Israel had reached a point of no return. Spiritually, morally and socially, its wound is incurable; it is now beyond redemption. Israel’s allies have forgotten them and it seems that even God has struck them as an enemy. Their plight, humanly speaking, is beyond healing, yet God will accomplish this, not by the waving of some kind of magic wand as we might want him to when we look at our present world’s many ills and perhaps some deep need in our own situation. Sometimes God will achieve his purposes by what seems to us a bursting out in wrath, “a driving wind,” his “fierce anger” (23,24). Scripture does sometimes speak of God working in ways that, to our limited understanding, seem to contradict how we understand the revealed nature of his love. Neither Jeremiah nor the rest of Scripture seek fully to explain what is fundamentally inexplicable to our limited understanding.
There are aspects of God’s working which our finite minds will not fully comprehend. Bring any such questions or problems to God now and resolve to trust him.
Mighty Father, although I cannot fully grasp Your ways, I trust You completely. You control history and also the history of my life. I surrender to You.