DATE WRITTEN: Thursday, 2020-08-27
WRITTEN AT: Okeechobee, FL
BIBLE REFERENCE: Jeremiah 31:35-36
TRANSLATION: New Living Translation (NLT)
BIBLE TEXT: 35 It is the Lord who provides the sun to light the day and the moon and stars to light the night, and who stirs the sea into roaring waves. His name is the Lord of Heaven’s Armies, and this is what he says: 36 “I am as likely to reject my people Israel as I am to abolish the laws of nature!”
OBSERVATION: When deciding who to vote for, it always helps to know something about the person and their accomplishments. When trying to convince others about the power or love of your God, try telling them about His attributes and the accomplishments you know of first hand. They’re more apt to pay attention when they know that you have experienced Him personally.
APPLICATION: Try convincing a stranger to believe in your dad, and only share his name with them. Do you suppose that you will get their attention? However, try sharing some first hand accomplishments of your dad with them, and suddenly you will see the lights turn on in their eyes, because they will begin to understand why you feel so strongly about his unselfish abilities. So why don’t we do that when we try to assure friends that God will be their powerful defender and/or healer in their earthly struggle? Way too often we quickly respond to Christians or unbelievers in much the same way: ‘may God be your comfort during this time’, or ‘I will pray for your Mom’. Now I want you to imagine what the unbeliever might be thinking at the time of hearing your well wishes. Can’t you see that if you gave them a personal experience about this awesome God that you are referencing, it would help convince them that since you are speaking from a current, personal experience, they too might expect to believe that this same God could also help them in their time of need? Notice what Jeremiah did in our Scripture today: he spoke of the power of God in causing the sun to shine by day and the moon by night; He causes the oceans to tumble and roar; and He is the Lord of Heaven’s armies! Friends, with that type of reference, would you believe that He could keep your country safe, like He did for the Israelites? I believe so! But let me suggest that you not use this as a reference point when trying to assure your family or friends today. Yes, this could possibly help, but what will help more is a personal, current experience. When they know that the God you are referring to was just actively involved in your life last week, then obviously He is still available to help them today. I believe it is also important that you share your relationship with this miraculous God also. You see, while it is urgently important for them to depend on God for a matter that is at hand, you want them to know that they can place their full faith and trust in God for today, tomorrow and through all eternity. Often God will allow these friends to call on you, so that you could help them see that a personal relationship with Him is vitally important. Don’t disappoint them, nor God who sent them to you. So how do you describe God? I pray that it will be in a very intimate and relational way. He sacrificed a lot for you, so don’t be timid about sharing His worth to anyone where the opportunity presents itself.
PRAYER: A song comes to mind as I meditate in this today: ’I don’t know about tomorrow, but I know who holds my hand’. (The words are underlined allowing you to click and listen to this old hymn.) Lord, I truly believe that our friends will need that kind of assurance when we try to convince them of Your power and Your love for them. Praise You God for speaking through Your servant Jeremiah to assure the Israelites. More than ever, we need You to kindly do the same for Your servants today. We will be eternally thankful! AMEN!
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