Today’s Reading: Jeremiah 32-33
Today’s Reflection: Jeremiah 32:17
“Ah, Lord God! It is you who have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and by your outstretched arm! Nothing is too hard for you.”
The siege of Jerusalem by the armies of Babylon was one of the worst times in the history of Judah. Famine in the land would become so severe that people would turn to cannibalism to survive. And in this time of calamity and trial, God asked His prophet Jeremiah to… Buy a field… Not only this but to put the deed for the land into an earthenware pot so that it would be safely kept (Jeremiah 32:6-14).
The field was essentially worthless in a city that was cut off from the rest of the world by surrounding armies, as Jerusalem was at that time. What point was there to this? Well God revealed to Jeremiah that at this time Jerusalem would be delivered in to the hands of the Babylonians, and all of their property and land would become the possession of Babylon. But God also told Jeremiah in years to come, Jews would return from exile and live in Jerusalem and Judah, and at that time business would once again be conducted, including the buying and selling of lands.
Even as Jeremiah pondered over how this turn of events might come to pass, he remembered something important about the God he served. Even if he couldn’t make sense of what was happening, his God, creator of all the earth, was bigger and more powerful than any circumstance he faced. No matter how impossible the situation might have seemed, Jeremiah knew nothing was too hard for God.
We should know and claim the same truth today. We will all face impossible seeming situations, and often instead of God asking us to do extraordinary things, He will ask us to do simple, plain seeming things. Like being kind to people, or forgiving those who hurt us, or investing time in people who may not seem to be worth it, or just praying and studying His word. And if we obediently take these actions (rather than trying to handle our impossible situation in our own strength) it will build our faith as we wait on God to do what we’ve trusted only Him to do.
Matthew 19:26 – But Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”