Thursday, December 1, 2011

Great Is Thy Faithfulness

Having difficulties? Why blame God? Jeremiah had his moments of weakness, giving in to the flesh. I suppose Job had his weak moments of self pity too. So we are in good company, but they were faithful to the LORD. So shall we be. I am sorry if I have offended anyone by not speaking with love. Can we really know what is going on in a person's life to make them seem ungrateful, harsh, or not as spiritual as we think they should be? One thing all of us who wish to serve the LORD will endure, is the attacks of our enemy; sometimes from our thoughts and at other times from even those we serve. Jeremiah was lamenting.

Lam 3:12 He hath bent his bow, and set me as a mark for the arrow.
Lam 3:13 He hath caused the arrows of his quiver to enter into my reins.
Lam 3:14 I was a derision to all my people; and their song all the day.
Lam 3:15 He hath filled me with bitterness, he hath made me drunken with wormwood.
Lam 3:16 He hath also broken my teeth with gravel stones, he hath covered me with ashes.
Lam 3:17 And thou hast removed my soul far off from peace: I forgat prosperity.
Lam 3:18 And I said, My strength and my hope is perished from the LORD:
Lam 3:19 Remembering mine affliction and my misery, the wormwood and the gall.
Lam 3:20 My soul hath them still in remembrance, and is humbled in me.

Jeremiah faithfully spoke the LORD's words as a prophet, warning his people in Judah to repent. They would not listen to him. Why LORD when I do your will am I being persecuted?

2Ti 3:12 Yea, and all that will live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution.

When you are going through a time of affliction, remember what Jeremiah said under the inspiration of God. Like David he encouraged himself in the LORD and the LORD poured out these words of encouragement for him and for us.

Lam 3:21 This I recall to my mind, therefore have I hope.
Lam 3:22 It is of the LORD'S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not.
Lam 3:23 They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.
Lam 3:24 The LORD is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him.
Lam 3:25 The LORD is good unto them that wait for him, to the soul that seeketh him.
Lam 3:26 It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the LORD.

Unlike most of Judah, Jeremiah was faithful and God showed him favor in the end. Perhaps he encouraged a young Daniel who as a young man went into captivity? Daniel became God's anointed servant in a time of bondage. He was favored because he believed in and served the LORD. How much more shall we be favored in dark times, with his Holy Spirit in us if we are faithful? We can have His peace in all situations and always be loved by our LORD who redeemed us through faith in his Son, the Lord Jesus Christ. Great is thy faithfulness!

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