Reflections

Great Is Your Faithfulness

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Jeremiah was crying and in great despair over the travesty of the oppression from without and the rot from within God’s people. He was maligned, imprisoned, scorned, ridiculed, shamed and tortured. Though all these bad things happened to him personally, the famine and threat from the enemy has profoundly harmed the people of Jerusalem. So all around him was fear, pain and hopelessness.

In this context he writes, “This I recall to my mind, therefore I have hope. The Lord’s loving-kindnesses indeed never cease, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness” (Lamentations 3:21-23).

Think through all the pains and hardships you face in your life today.

Where is your heart crying?

At least for me, I have so little to complain about compared to all the Jerimiah went through. Yet in all of this, he grasped for the loving-kindnesses, compassion and faithfulness of the Lord. Can I do any less?

Take some minutes to pour out your heart to the Lord, then praise Him for His loving-kindnesses, compassion and faithfulness.

Maranatha,
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That Day

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These past few weeks, I have been privileged to participate in a mentor group via Skype with younger leaders from Colombia, Argentina, Togo, Nigeria, Vietnam, Norway and Ireland. We have been delving into what it means to lead in light of eternity. The discussions are rich and I am regularly challenged by their insights.

One passage jumped out at me this week. Paul was at the end of his life and knew that, as a prisoner of Nero, he only had days or weeks to live. This is what he wrote in that context:

“For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time of my departure has come. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will award to me on that day, and not only to me but also to all who have loved his appearing.” (2 Tim. 4:6-8)

Take a few minutes to reflect on these verses. “That day” is coming for each of us. With the perspective of these verses, what is it the Lord is saying to you?

Maranatha,
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My Joy and Delight

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The prophet Jeremiah had a hard life. Pressures, burdens and hardships were all his. Though no one I know is currently facing what Jeremiah did, most serious Christians I know are facing pressures, burdens and hardships. How can we cope?

Jeremiah says this, “Your words were found, and I ate them, and your words became to me a joy and the delight of my heart, for I am called by your name, O Lord, God of hosts.” (Jer. 15:16)

This verse implies seeking insights from the Scriptures and then reflecting on these Scriptural insights. This produces a peace and confidence even in the midst of our trials.

May you and I follow the model of Jeremiah and seek insights, wisdom and consultation from the Scriptures on a regular basis.

Maranatha,
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Calling God a Liar

I read a short article this past week that got me thinking. God has made so many promises. When the Lord Jesus was on earth, He showed us how to live and walk in those promises. Plus Jesus gave us so many more promises such as: “I am with you even to the end of the age”; and “whatever you ask in my name, I will do it.”

It really boils down to belief. Do I believe the Father and Son and Holy Spirit really can do what they say in the Scriptures? Does the Word really mean what it says? Can I trust God to do what He promises?

The alternative is to disbelieve. This means that I am calling God a liar. I am saying that He really won’t or can’t do something. It means he really is not trustworthy.

When put this way, my actions and belief alternately call God a liar if I don’t believe and act on His promises or I call Him my Lord and Savior if I do believe and act on His promises.

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I want to live a life of belief and obedience to His Word. My prayer for you and I is summarized in Hebrews: “Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. (Heb. 12:1-2).

Maranatha,
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