Sunday, November 14, 2010

The incredible journey

Then the word of the LORD came to me, saying:
"Before I formed you in the womb I knew you;
Before you were born I sanctified you;
I ordained you a prophet to the nations."
Then said I: "Ah, Lord GOD!
Behold, I cannot speak, for I am a youth."
But the LORD said to me: "Do not say, 'I am a youth,'
For you shall go to all to whom I send you,
And whatever I command you, you shall speak.
Do not be afraid of their faces,
For I am with you to deliver you," says the LORD.

I am just amazed by God's words to the prophet Jeremiah.  God ordained Jeremiah before he was formed.  God set him apart for a specific role in history, a role where he would receive no glory and there would be no positive response.  Yet, in this role, Jeremiah brought glory to God because he spoke the words God told him to say.   God would not take any excuses from Jeremiah.  He said, "You sahll go to all to whom I send you, and whatever I command you, you shall speak."  What was Jeremiah's assurance in this task?  That God will be with him to deliver him.

Jesus said in the great commission, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them, and teaching them all He commands, and He will be with us even to the end of the age.  God does not leave us alone.  He will never leave us or forsake us. 

I'm amazed by the reality that even before we were born, all the days of our lives were written in God's book, before one of them even came to be.  God knows the plans He has for us, plans to prosper us and give us a future and a hope. In another passage, God reveals we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works that God prepared in advance that we should walk in them. 

Before we came to be, God knew us.  He walked us through life on this planet, through pain, through bad decisions, through good times, and He orchestrated the events to lead us to Himself.  He called us out of darkness. Intersected our world with His Son and set us free.  But it does not stop there.  We are free.  But we are free to be slaves to His righteous will, as He works in us to will and to do for His good pleasure.

God working all things together for the good of those who love Him and are called according to His purpose. With God on our side, how can we fail?  With Him working in us, working out His righteousness through us, what can stop us?  Death cannot stop us.  Calamity cannot stop us.  Mistakes cannot stop us, because He is working all things together.  All things.  Nothing can stop us from loving God and living for His glory. 

We are already pleasing to God through the finished work on the cross.  We are clean. We are holy. We are dearly loved.  Now God is comforming us to the image of His Son who walked on the planet in perfect submission to His will, in perfect faith.  So God calls us to believe Him. To walk by faith and not by sight.  To reign with Him as He takes over the planet with His love and glory. Do not be afraid, He told Jeremiah, I will be with you to deliver you.

What an incredible journey we are on with our God. 

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