I have been taught that one of the responsibilities of a minister (christian?) is to see people the way God sees them: to see them the way than can be, not just the way they are. That’s a difficult task. It’s much more natural to view people the way they are now, with their struggles, troubles, and difficulties often resulting from their past. It’s difficult to picture that new member with strange piercings and clothing choices as a future deacon or elder, or even Sunday School teacher.
When I come to the Lord’s Table each Sunday, my thoughts often reflect on my past shortcoming and my present repentance. I have difficulty reminding myself of how the Holy Spirit is currently at work sanctifying me, making me holy, and transforming me into the image of Christ. While the view out the windshield is much more attractive, I spend a lot of time looking in the rear view mirror.
In Jeremiah 32:6-12 God tells Jeremiah to purchase a piece of property. At the time, this made no sense. Jerusalem was surrounded by the Babylonian army and the siege ramps were nearing the top of the wall. In addition, Jeremiah was locked up by the king, and he was prophesying that the city was about to be destroyed. This is not a good time to invest in property!
But God has a reason for making Jeremiah buy the land.
In v27 God asks, “I am the LORD, the God of the whole human race. Is anything too hard [impossible] for me?” The nation of Judah thought they were God’s people and therefore it was impossible for Jerusalem to be destroyed. God proved to them that nothing is impossible for Him. But once they are in captivity they will think their nation has been destroyed, that it has not future, just a past, and God will again demonstrate that nothing is impossible for Him by returning the nation from captivity to the land and rebuilding it. Jeremiah purchases the property as a statement of faith that after the devastation they will regain the land. God will not forsake them.
We often feel overwhelmed by our current circumstances and allow them to not only cloud our future, but to obscure our vision of God. We can allow the status quo to strip God of His power to accomplish the impossible. We often need God to ask us, ” I am the LORD, the God of the whole human race. Is anything too hard [impossible] for me?”
We might not answer “Yes” to God’s face, but our actions and attitudes often provide that answer.
- Does a discussion like this make you want to say, “Yes, but I have to do my part too”? Is that a healthy response? or a sign of weak faith?
- Have you been influenced by someone who saw your potential rather than your limitations? How did they encourage you?
- What have you found helpful in reminding yourself to hand a situation over to God?