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Sunday, August 21, 2011

JEREMIAH - Strength For Today

Poor Jeremiah.

He was a prophet that endured.

His audiences were usually apathetic or antagonistic. He was often ignored, and his life was threatened. He had seen the excitement of spiritual awakening in his nation under King Josiah of Judah. But he also lived to agonize over his nation's return to idolatry.

He saw fellow prophets murdered. He felt his people reject God's love.

Even when he was angry with God and tempted to give up, Jeremiah knew he had to keep going.

God had called him to endure.

Today's "Bible Pick 'Ems" is an excerpt from a little dialogue that God had with Jeremiah:

"Do not be afraid of them…For see, today I have made you strong like a fortified city that cannot be captured, like an iron pillar or a bronze wall. You will stand…They will fight you, but they will fail. For I am with you, and I will take care of you. I, the LORD, have spoken!" (Jeremiah 1:17-19)

Jeremiah had a difficult task. God knew that. And He promised to be with Jeremiah.

We can take this message to heart, too.

Our problems may not seem as *ominous* as Jeremiah's (unless you read the newspaper or watch the news!!) – but they are critical to us, and we often feel overwhelmed.

But God gives us the same promise that He gave Jeremiah – nothing will defeat us completely. HE will help us through the most overpowering struggles and situations.

I'd like to finish by focusing on one word from our verses – the word TODAY.

I love how the LORD says that He will make us strong…today.

How often are we daunted because we insist on looking forward into the futurea future that seems so ominous and out of our control?

It's important to remember that the same God who provided manna in the wilderness –manna for each day, I might add – is the One who gives us our daily bread.

Give us THIS day our daily bread.

We are provided the strength we need to face today – today! There isn't strength for tomorrow until tomorrow arrives. God is a present helpand I believe that means He operates best in our NOW.

So, what are you facing today?

Financial problems, health issues, family difficulties, spiritual challenges?

Well, God has a message for you –

"Do not be afraid of all those things.
Do not be afraid of the enemy.
For see, today I have made you strong like a fortified city that cannot be captured, like an iron pillar or a bronze wall.
You will stand.
Oh, life will fight you, and prepare for some enemy attacks.
But life will not defeat you, and the enemy will fail.
For I am with you, and I will take care of you."

And I just LOVE this ending…

"I, the LORD, have spoken!"

Yes, indeed He has.

What do you need God's strength for – today? How can you trust God for His daily bread?

(Linked today with Charlotte and Ginger at Spiritual Sundays, and Peggy at Soaking On SONday. Please feel free to hop on over to my other blog during the week - Sharon Sharing God)

"When in doubt, search God out!"


  1. Blessings Sharon and thank you for the Strength for Today... What a great reminder! HE IS MY DAILY BREAD! HE IS MY STRENGTH FOR TODAY! HE IS... this and so much more! Beautiful written and chosen from Jeremiah...another great Bible Pick 'em!!!

    (coming to you from an hourly cyber place until my service is more dependable)

  2. What a great reminder. We do not have to worry or wonder about tomorrow for tomorrow will take care of it's self. God will take care of us TODAY. Praise God. Yes, I look forward to wearing that crown. I truly believe the King is coming and maybe sooner than we think.

  3. Amen and Amen Sharon; I am ever so grateful that God is a present help in time of trouble. We all go thru tough days where our faith is just barely there; but thru it all, we can learn to depend on God.

  4. What a great encouragement this post is. Thank you for this wonderful reminder.

  5. Sweet Sharon,
    One of the beautiful gifts given to me during my cancer season was the capacity to live within the boundaries of a 24 hour time frame. Accordingly, I don't look to far down the road and am, instead, living in the provision of today. So glad that God bookends each day. What promise there is in knowing Him!


  6. Peggy - YES! Amen to all of what you said. DAILY bread, strength for TODAY - His mercies are new EVERY morning. How we depend on our Provider - How He cares for us.

    Alice - Thanks for your thoughts. I agree with you - I think the Lord is on His way, sooner than we think. I'm asking Him for the continued strength to stand strong in a world that is ever changing around me.

    Toyin - That, I think, is our purpose. To understand and know God, to serve Him with everything we've got, and to worship and glorify Him in all we do. Often, I can only do that with the DAILY help of the Holy Spirit.

    Charlotte - It encourages me to know that you were encouraged! Blessings to you as you experience God's love on a daily basis!

    Elaine - What a great way to put it - God bookends our days. Love that. Reminded me of the cloud during the day, and the pillar of fire at night. He surrounds us with His presence and His guidance all the time. I have been blessed by how you share your *cancer* lessons with us.



"So I have been greatly encouraged in the midst of my troubles and suffering, dear brothers and sisters, because you have remained strong in your faith. It gives me new life to know that you are standing firm in the Lord. How I thank God for you!"
(1 Thessalonians 3:7-9)

Thanks for your comments - it is such a joy to be sharing my journey with friends like YOU!