“Thus says the Lord,
who gives the sun for light by day and the fixed order of the moon and the stars for light by night,
who stirs up the sea so that its waves roar— the Lord of hosts is his name:
“If this fixed order departs from before me, declares the Lord,
then shall the offspring of Israel cease from being a nation before me forever.” – Jeremiah 31:35-36 (ESV)
Jeremiah was the prophet God sent to delivered many messages to the people of Israel and Judah prior and during the time Babylon conquered Judah, sacked Jerusalem and exiled most of the population. Besides the many dire warnings, there were promises of blessings also. God promised restoration, a new covenant in chapter 31. To seal its authenticity, God affirms it by the unchangeable order He established of the earth and the heavens. If the light of the sun and moon, and the tides of the sea were to cease, then Israel would cease to be a nation before Him. But such is NOT possible, the order of the Earth was set by God and it is fixed. So too, the promises of God are sure and no force can change them. What God has promised is as sure as the sun rising in the morning, setting in the evening, and the moon continuing its order of controlling the tides and ocean waves. Because God holds creation in His hand in perfect order and for His name’s sake will not abandon it. Let’s trust because our God is a promise maker and keeper.
“Now the word of the Lord came to me, saying, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations.” – Jeremiah 1:4-5 (ESV)
God’s call of Jerimiah as a prophet, contained a message intended to motivate Jeremiah for the task God was giving him. Take a moment to recognize that this passage reveals to us God’s omniscience – that is, His knowledge of everything past present and future in our time frame. God tells Jeremiah that He had selected him to be His prophet even before Jeremiah had been formed in his mother’s womb. God has plans for His own that are made before our existence. The promises he has given to us have been given decades and centuries before we were conceived and born. Let’s not be led astray thinking this is reincarnation or the like. This is not reincarnation; it is God’s all-knowing cognizance of Jeremiah and God’s sovereign plan for him before he was conceived. The word ‘knew’ means far more than intellectual knowledge. It conveys the sense of God’s close personal loving relationship with Jeremiah and with us. Trust this promise because God says that before the foundation of the world was made, God chose us in Him. We’ve been in God’s plan for longer than we can comprehend. He has done all for us in love (Ephesians 1:3-14).
“Ah, Lord God! It is you who have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and by your outstretched arm! Nothing is too hard for you.” – Jeremiah 32:17 (ESV)
Our verse comes from the story in the Book of the Prophet Jeremiah. The prophet purchased a plot of land from his cousin even though the Babylonians were nearly at the gate of the city. The anticipation was that soon Jerusalem and all in the Kingdom of Judah would be conquered and taken captive by Nebuchadnezzar. This truly did come to pass so Jeremiah’s real estate purchase seemed fool’s errand. But it wasn’t foolish, because God had directed him to purchase this piece of land. Thinking through the wisdom of his legal transaction bewildered Jeremiah and he goes to God in prayer. Notice how he first extols the sovereignty of God. “Nothing is too hard for you,” is what Jeremiah says. He acknowledges God’s directions in buying the field even “though the city is given into the hands of the Chaldeans.” The promise that nothing is too hard for God is a promise we take to heart today. Whatever God leads us to do, if we know God is indeed giving us that direction, we can know its outcome will be what God intends it to be. Let’s trust God no matter what He has given us to do.