Title: God’s Discipline Brings Restoration
Date: October 13, 2020
In the climate in our country these days, do you tend to feel weak against the powerful and mighty? I can answer that with an emphatic yes! However, in contrast, scripture points to countless times when God’s people suffered at the hands of the mighty and powerful, yet there was always a grand ending for those who trusted in Him, those called His children!
We are anxiously waiting for this very difficult election season to be over, and we are bracing ourselves for what is to come afterwards. In the book of Jeremiah, the prophet’s prayer for the restoration of Israel was filled with humility and understanding. Like Jeremiah, even when we are perplexed about God’s sovereignty and providence, we can be comforted knowing that His ways are filled with strict and righteous justice, and yet beautifully woven with great and loving mercy. Jeremiah admits God was righteous in allowing evil to come upon Israel. Whatever turmoil our nation finds itself in, the almighty God knows how to remedy it!
These are the words the Lord spoke concerning Israel and Judah: “This is what the Lord says. Cries of fear are heard; terror, not peace. Ask and see: can a man bear children? Then why do I see every strong man with his hands on his stomach like a woman in labor, every face turned deathly pale? How awful that day will be! None will be like it; it will be a time of trouble for Jacob but he will be saved out of it.”
Rebellion against God caused pain, suffering and agony for Israel. Sounds familiar, doesn’t it? It is evident that God allows people and nations to go through trials and seasons of darkness, however it is allowed for the purpose of restoring us to God as He promises us. Look closely at the Lord’s words in verse 7: “It will be a time of trouble…but they will be saved out of it.” They had to go through it in order to come out of it, right? This is exactly where we find ourselves today.
The Lord’s discipline is upon us. We are all crying out for justice, and our prayers are being heard and answered. The Lord is exposing, revealing and soon restoring. Breakthroughs are coming; evil is being overturned. Verse 17 in the same chapter says, “But I will restore you to health and heal your wounds.” Folks, so many people need to hear God’s message of hope. Suicide and depression are at an all-time high. We need to hang on and not take our minds or eyes off of His promises. They are the only anchor we need to sustain us in these tumultuous times. We may be currently in the battle, but we are eagerly waiting for the battle to be won!
Americans are just as concerned about the future of their children and their children’s children as the Israelites were. We serve the same God today as they did then. Yet nowhere in scripture do we find God abandoning His children. Did punishment fill the pages of the book of Jeremiah? Yes, but God’s glorious mercy never failed! And the best part is that it always resulted in the end for His children’s good!
“They will be my people, and I will be their God. I will give them singleness of heart in action, so that they will always fear me for their own good and the good of their children after them.”
Praise God! Can we raise a banner of thankfulness for this promise? And did you notice that the Lord says “the fear of me” is for their own good? Oh how those words have been misrepresented in the hearts and minds of so many! Some cannot grasp this concept in a healthy way. I’ve been told that those who didn’t have a loving earthly father oftentimes feared him. Then in turn they understand the “fear of God” to be the same as they experienced it with their earthly fathers. The type of fear our heavenly Daddy refers to is the purest and healthiest form of fear. It is a fear that enables an abundant life that in turn keeps us free from destructive behavior. It means to be in absolute awe and wonder at His goodness, love and holiness. That’s a marvelous type of fear in which to live. And God promises that if we live this way it will be good for our children and their children as well!
As we approach this election, may we continue to fervently plead with the Lord to open the minds of our nation’s people, that He will once again place a healthy fear amongst His people so we may enjoy the fruits of that fear! Let’s pray that this next generation will come to realize this blessed assurance. Let’s pray that the fear of the Lord will return to the home, schools and government. Come rescue us dear Lord…we are here…we are waiting!
Your word oh Lord is eternal; it stands firm in the heavens. Your faithfulness continues through all generations; you establish the earth and it endures.
May my cry come before you Lord. Give me understanding according to your word. May my supplication come before you. Deliver me according to your promise. Make my lips overflow with praise, for you teach me your decrees. May my tongue sing of your word, for all your commands are righteous. May your hand be ready to help me.
The Lord is faithful to all his promises and loving towards all he has made. The Lord upholds all those who fall and lifts up all who are bowed down.
Hope is our anchor and our stability. It is what gives us inner peace. It’s what brings true joy and what promises to calm our fears and anxieties. Hope is believing, expecting and convincing ourselves and others around us that His mercy is ongoing and it will never stop. The name of Jesus will never be overcome. His name makes the darkness tremble! Let’s stand tall, confident and excited about our future.
Pray that we can finish this year calm, collected, composed, tranquil, undisturbed, unshaken and untroubled. Yet also pray that we remain engaged, hungry, eager and impatient for the goodness of God to come and rescue us, for His love endures forever!
Finally, regardless of all the wickedness and evil of Jeremiah’s day, the Lord comforted him with these words in 33:6-9:
“Nevertheless, I will bring health and healing to (Jerusalem); I will heal my people and will let them enjoy an abundance of peace and security. I will bring Judah and Israel back from captivity and we will rebuild them as they were before. I will cleanse them from all the sin they have committed against me and will forgive all their sins of rebellion against me. Then this city will bring me renown, joy, praise and honor before all nations on earth and they will hear of all the good things I do for it and they will be in awe and will tremble at the abundant prosperity and peace I provide for it.”
Let’s stand on these words! Amen!
Delighting in safe pasture,