I haven’t written much about our study on Jeremiah recently. The truth is that this study is hard. The message is heavy and sad. And the more I learn the more I realize just how difficult Jeremiah’s life was. I’ve talked about it before, but even now after being in this study since January, I have tears in my eyes thinking about what he endured in this life in order to serve his God and serve His people.
Not only did he share virtually the same message for well over forty years (he probably not only sounded like a broken record, he probably felt like one, too), but he was hated and despised for it. People tried to kill him. His own family members (the men of Anathoth) plotted against him. God told him not to marry or have children, so he was devoid of seemingly even the smallest human comforts (no wife to hug him or little Jeremiah’s or Jeremina’s to jump in his lap after a long day of prophesying). He often had to hide. He was held prisoner in a cistern and almost starved to death. There are many parts of the book that indicate he wrestled with his emotions (anger, fear, grief, and intense loneliness) and suffered with doubt and confusion – just like us.
All he truly had was the Lord. And while we might not like to think about it this way, Jeremiah the Prophet reigned in life. He reigned in life because all he had, everything he hoped in was all wrapped up in El Shaddai, the All Sufficient One. He needed no one and nothing else.
God hasn’t called many of us to the type of ministry that He called Jeremiah to. But we all face challenges (if you don’t and your life is seamless and perfect, email me, we need to have coffee so I can find out what kind of meds you and/or your family are on): difficult jobs, health crisis (what’s the plural of crisis?), financial challenges, marriage difficulties, rebellious teenagers and 10,000 other possibilities. I have been in seasons of my life where I have experienced several of them at the same time.
The question for us is, if nothing about our circumstances improved or even if they actually got worse, is Jesus enough? Is the All Sufficient God of the Universe, Maker of Heaven and Earth enough for us? Or are we willing to say that anything (pick one or pick five above) has the power to undo us?
When we stop fighting our circumstances and start embracing our Savior, we have abundant life. When Jesus is enough we are reigning.