Devo You’ve only just begun
Jeremiah 12:5-6 (NIV)
5 “If you have raced with men on foot
and they have worn you out,
how can you compete with horses?
If you stumble[a] in safe country,
how will you manage in the thickets by[b] the Jordan?
6 Your relatives, members of your own family--
even they have betrayed you;
they have raised a loud cry against you.
Do not trust them,
though they speak well of you.
Jerimiah was raising his complaint against the Lord. He could not understand why God had not punished the wicked nor why God was disciplining him so harshly. This was God’s reply. Things are going to get worse not better and I am preparing you for that day. It is because I have compassion for you and love you that I discipline the son I love. Jerimiah was being persecuted by the religious establishment and priests. God tells him it will get worse if you can’t race with men how will you compete with horses? Jeremiah do you have what it takes to fulfill the calling? Your own people and family will betray you will you trust me? You will even doubt yourself, so I am tempering you for that day. Trust me and know me, lean on me, because I will judge my church first and turn their hearts back to me, but great will be their judgement. I will turn my back on them for a time. See verse eight in this chapter , “they will roar at God and he will hate them”. Wow! And yet His heart will turn back to them and have compassion on them. Trust the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding and He will lift you up.
Pastor Jeff Lane
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