Tuesday Reflection – November 19, 2019
God is With Us, So Trust God!
The watchword for today is from Jeremiah 1: 19. They will fight against you; but they shall not prevail against you, for I am with you, says the Lord, to deliver you. Jeremiah 1 relays the call of the prophet Jeremiah by God. As we got to the end of the chapter God commands Jeremiah to be brave as he speaks the message given to him. He should not allow the expressions or reactions of the people to who he is sent deter him or make him afraid because God would strengthen and protect him. The task given to him would prove difficult, but God would be his protector, his deliverer. He would receive many fights, much opposition, but he would also be under divine protection and guidance. Nothing should deter him.
Can you imagine being given a task, a responsibility, or even a new job and being told that you will have many difficult moments? For some people that would be it. There would be no need to go any further. We do not take up positions to be opposed. Yet many of us have faced opposition on our secular jobs, in our families, in church and just about everywhere we are. Jeremiah was promised by God that he would face opposition but it did not end there. Opposition would not prevail because God was with His servant. Opposition does not come to destroy us, but for us to be strengthened through them. God’s promise to Jeremiah also came true. He faced opposition but his enemies did not prevail against him and he was able to faithfully serve God for forty years. When God promises to be with you, you can trust Him to take care of you. This is a reminder of our first evening of VBS during the summer when we looked at the theme ‘God is with us, so trust God’. When God is with you, you can trust God as you do what you are called or commanded to do. The commander is the protector and the provider. We can trust God to be our defender and deliverer. We can be busily fulfilling His command knowing that no harm will befall us because God is looking out for us. 1 Cor 10: 13 reminds us, No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it. As our way-maker, God prepares a way for us to be safe, to be provided for and to be protected as we live in obedience to Him. The way may seem dreary, next to impossible, but He who calls us will deliver us. He will provide the way out. May we be willing therefore to give unflinching service, knowing that at all times we are protected because we trust in God. This gives us the security we need to do faithful service for our Lord. Remember Isaiah 26: 10 You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you. God is with us, so trust God. Trusting souls are peaceful servants. Amen.