Jeremiah is one of the longest books in the Bible. It contains some incredibly important truths. Scholars referred to Jeremiah as “the weeping prophet” because the call on his life was incredibly difficult. Jeremiah had the unenviable task of telling a whole city to turn back to God or face destruction. Many people look forward to their whole lives being simple, successful and enjoyable. Sometimes that could be the case, but often times Jesus calls people to live difficult lives. He calls the Christian life a “narrow road.”
When you do a quick overview of the book of Jeremiah and look at Jeremiah, the man, you’ll see these four truths in his life that still apply for us today.
TRUTHS FOR TODAY
1. God has a plan for you.
God’s plan for Jeremiah started well before the foundation of the world (Jeremiah 1:5). This should be a very comforting thought for us as believers.
And you were dead in the trespasses and sins (Ephesians 2:1 ESV)
Not only did God form us and save us by His grace and mercy, but He also has created us “to do good works” that he prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.
2. God’s plan is to make himself famous through you.
We often think that God desires our success. That couldn’t be furthest from the truth. God is more concerned with our faithfulness than he is with our performance. Jeremiah was actually told that his mission was to tell the people in Jerusalem to turn back to God. He was also told that not one single person would repent, but he remained faithful to that message for 40 years.
3. God’s sovereignty will always win
God set his plan in motion throughout time and history before the foundation of the world. After creation, came the fall, followed by redemption, and we ultimately look forward to a complete restoration. Nothing in this world can or will stop God’s ultimate plan (Jeremiah 18:1-6). You and I are a part of a much larger storyline that what we currently see.
4. Gods ultimate plan is restoration.
“I will make you an everlasting covenant, but I will not turn away from doing you good. And I will put the fear of me in your heart so that you will not turn away from me!” Jeremiah 32:40
God accomplished this by sending his son Jesus Christ. This is a picture of the new covenant. His ultimate restoration will be completed when He returns! As you read the book of Jeremiah, look for these themes. You and I are beloved children of God.
Let these truths ground you in humility and obedience to Jesus Christ.