Jeremiah 1:19 They will fight against you but will not overcome you…
25th February marked a new era in Malaysia and in some ways, for all who follow her development. The progress made thus far with the new government elected into office in May 2018 is less than promising but with heaps of dirt to clear from the past regime who ruled with corrupt practices, it would take an entire generation to weed out the bad DNA.
On the morning of 25th February, after realising for a while that I too have wandered a little too far from the Word, and instead of heading straight into the laptop to begin rummaging through the web of my work, I’ve decided to spend some time reading His word. If not for anything, it was for some sanity to take root after such a gallant display of wild fireworks in our environment ever since 2020 begun. (hint: virus)
It wasn’t the easiest to reconnect due to the temporal absence that seemed eternity but upon a closer clutch of the bible to the heart, I asked the Lord to tell me His instructions. This led me to the book of Jeremiah.
From the introduction page before Chapter 1, Jeremiah was described as a prophet who always wondered what his purpose was although he was called to be a prophet. Just on that alone, I thought it could be fitting for some of us since we would also wonder ourselves what on earth are we created for.
Reading the whole of Chapter 1, it was revealed that Jeremiah served under three kings, from King Josiah to later the two sons who succeeded him.
From Chapter 1 also it was told that Jeremiah has been called by God to do His work as a prophet. Perhaps it was Jeremiah’s honesty that made him the perfect candidate when he actually uttered out in verse 6, “I do not know how to speak; I am too young.”
But God had already mapped out the certainty right from Jeremiah’s mother’s womb, and ladies and gentlemen, this would also be how our lives have been written and formed by God, well before we even came in contact with our parents.
To say that we must search our souls and find our purpose means we are making an attempt to connect with what God has planned for us. But to inspect His words for instructions so we know what ought we do — that is putting our quest with a definitive compass so we’ll find the answers to what we are birthed with and destined for. And having read the entire Chapter 1, I have come to this point knowing that my next steps and every step in fact after this would rely only on this one pertinent call,
Jeremiah 1 (New International Version)
18 Today I have made you a fortified city, an iron pillar and a bronze wall to stand against the whole land — against the kings of Judah, its officials, its priests and the people of the land.
19 They will fight against you but will not overcome you, for I am with you and will rescue you,” declares the Lord.
Whatever it is you are up against today or tomorrow, know that the Lord has made you “a fortified city, an iron pillar and a bronze wall to stand against the whole land”. And when they summon battles against you, remember that God had already declared that you will be protected, “They will fight against you but will not overcome you, for I am with you and will rescue you.”
Turbulence? Coronavirus? Locusts? Political Manoeuvres? No matter the fight, God has assured that we will not be overcome and in the worst case scenario, with His outstretched hands, He will rescue us.
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