Feb 20, 2013
Last night I was on the phone with my father.
He said he had recently heard his chiropractor give a seminar. The seminar showed him that if he had followed his chiropractor’s advice years ago, he might have avoided some health problems.
So he left the lecture feeling regret that he had not followed the advice, and discouraged about what this might mean for his future.
But my father understands that there is a promise for every problem. He knows Jesus Christ is always standing before him with grace and power to meet his every need.
And he told me — “I knew I needed to fight the fight of faith.”
How To Fight
So what did he do? He remembered a promise Jeremiah gave Zedekiah after Zedekiah had acted foolishly.
Here’s the story. Babylon had laid siege against Jerusalem. And Jeremiah repeatedly urged Zedekiah to surrender, and promised that if he surrendered, he would be spared (Jer 21:8-10; 38:2-3).
And what did Zedekiah do? He did not listen to Jeremiah’s words. He did not believe he should surrender. He continued standing against Babylon —
But neither he nor his servants nor the people of the land listened to the words of the Lord that He spoke through Jeremiah the prophet. (Jer 37:2)
Time passed. Then Zedekiah calls for Jeremiah and asks if he had another word for him from God. Jeremiah did, and it was frightening — “You shall be delivered into the hand of the king of Babylon” (Jer 37:17).
Sounds like it’s a done deal. Zedekiah missed his chance. He acted foolishly and will face the consequences.
But not so fast. A little later Zedekiah calls for Jeremiah, and asks for a word from God. And Jeremiah’s word is wonderful news to all who face consequences for foolish actions —
Obey now the voice of the Lord in what I say to you, and it shall be well with you, and your life shall be spared. (Jer 38:20)
What This Means
When we see that we have been foolish or sinful, it’s tempting to avoid God, because we think we’ve blown it and all is lost. But that’s not the case.
Jeremiah 38:20 teaches that no matter how foolish or sinful we have been in the past, if we turn back to God now, then all will be well.
That doesn’t mean we avoid all negative consequences. But it does mean God will once again be rejoicing to do us good (Jer 32:40-41), and will orchestrate everything to bring us the heart-satisfying joy of knowing Him (2Cor 4:16-18).
So my father was encouraged by this promise. He turned his heart to God. He trusted Jesus’ grace and mercy. He admitted that he should have taken the chiropractor’s advice more seriously. He resolved by God’s grace to change.
And as he prayed his spirits rose, because he knew that whether his health improved or not, God promised in Jer 38:20 that it would be well with him. God was rejoicing to do Him good, and He would have God as his Treasure.
How About You?
Maybe you have been foolish or sinful. Maybe that’s brought you pain and hardship. And maybe you have avoided God, thinking all is lost.
If you will turn back to Jesus Christ now, confessing whatever you have done, trusting Him to forgive you, and resolving by His grace to change — He promises —
It will be well with you.
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