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Today's Reading: Jeremiah 12
Please read Jeremiah 12 and listen to what the Lord Jesus Christ would like to tell you before reading my Spiritual Journal below. If you would like to learn a simple and good way of Daily Devotion method please read my “Count Down 5” from this blog. You may click this link directly for the method: Subject Shifting Devotion.pdf. (You may begin with a song to praise the Lord and complete you devotion by singing another praise song.)
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Please click the links below to Jeremiah 12:
"If you have raced with men on foot and they have worn you out,
how can you compete with horses?"
Jeremiah 12: 5
This is a very special chapter to solve a puzzle that many people do not understand: Why does the way of the wicked prosper?
Jeremiah contrasted his own suffering with the success and prosperity of people who defied God and he wanted to know why. Let's see the answer provides in this chapter of the "why":
1. Not yet
God's people tends to look at things from a faulty perspective of temporary and earthly reward and punishments as oppose to eternal judgments. In God's time He is going to "uproot"(vv. 14-15) everything and set everything right. That's why we need to walk with Jesus daily trusting in Him totally that He is always in control yet we may be losing everything even our health and life.
2. We need to compete with horses and not just men
Jeremiah endured at the hands of the priests in Anathoth(Jer. 11: 21-23) was nothing compared to the persecutions yet to come. God had a higher expectation on Jeremiah to tackle with more challenging tasks. God told Jeremiah if those men worn him out how could he compete with horses!
3. Be teachable and faithful, not stubborn and rebellious
What we, God's people, need to do is to turn from our stubborness and rebellious to being teachable and faithful. That's how God says in Jeremiah 12: 16:
"And if they learn well the ways of my people and swear by my name, saying, 'As surely as the Lord lives' - even as they once taught my people to swear by Baal - then they will be established among my people."
So, do you have the faith to trust God totally that He has His own time to deal with those wicked people. What you need to do is to be teachable and faithful. Then you will be anointed and strengthened even to compete with horses!
My Spiritual Journal
What I receive from Jesus is: You are destined to compete with horses!
Most people on earth are so easily being captured by all kinds of failure, discouragement, darkness and hopelessness to be in a state of worn out like what Jeremiah was.
Why? God gives us an answer through this chapter. It's because we do not trust Him that He is always in control and He has His time table to do things. It's because we are not teachable and faithful so our stubbornness and rebellious always lead us to a state of self-destruction!
And if we can be really teachable and faithful then God promises us that "we will be established among His people." (v. 16) And, we can run so fast for God like "wind" to compete with horses!
Wow! Thank you Lord for your encouragement! Praise you forever!
Dear Lord Jesus,
Help us to be teachable and faithful so that we can run like wind to compete with horses. In Jesus Name we pray. Amen.
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