2010-06-13 - Parental Lessons from the Lord
The Good, the Bad, and the Godly ~ Part 20
"'Should you then seek great things for yourself? Seek them not. For I will bring disaster on all people, declares the LORD, but wherever you go, I will let you escape with your life.'" (Jeremiah 45:5)
What started out as a rebuke ended up as encouragement. Baruch just finished writing down all God's messages, as Jeremiah dictated them to him. Baruch diligently wrote down all of God's words, but he was disappointed, for none of the words had been specific to his needs.
Then to his amazement, Jeremiah began spouting all these things God had told him concerning Baruch directly. This time as Jeremiah spoke, it was like God had whispered all Baruch's thoughts to Jeremiah. Here the prophet was, with a word from God for Baruch, specific to his individual needs. Finally some hope, some direction for the distraught man.
Jeremiah said God heard his cries of woe, and He knows Baruch is tired of not finding a way out. God advised Baruch not to seek great things for himself. Even though disaster may come, God will protect Baruch, as a reward of his obedience. Baruch wanted God to take his problems away. Instead, God gave His servant hope and endurance to excel, despite the circumstances.
Lord, The world rotates at high speed all around me, and there is no switch to turn off. I admit I do not understand this time of waiting for things to manifest. When the doubting and complaining enter my mind, I will not let it take hold of my feelings. Instead, I will take hold of my faith, and put it into practice. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen.
What personal words are you waiting to hear God say?