Tuesday, September 6, 2016

God's Presence

Jeremiah 1:19
  • They will fight against you, but they shall not prevail against you, for I am with you, declares the LORD, to deliver you.

Jeremiah is first introduced as the son of Hilkiah, who may have been the same high priest during the reign of Josiah. (2 Chronicles 34:9) 

The LORD declares to Jeremiah that He will be with Jeremiah to deliver him from his enemies. These enemies are the kingdoms of the north, i.e. Babylon, who will come and conquer Judah and Jerusalem. The LORD declares that Babylon will not prevail against Jeremiah because God is with him to deliver him.

Likewise, we may have a tsunami of enemies who seem daunting and scary. Yet, they will not prevail against us because our LORD is with us to deliver us. This means that God may not prevent the difficulties, challenges and obstacles from occuring in our daily lives. However, God will be with us to save us from these challenges, and difficulties. Precisely through these trials, we experience God's power, grace and mercy. 

Jeremiah experienced God's hand upon him throughout his life. Likewise, we will and must experience God's hand on our lives through these trials. 

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