“I have made the earth, the man and the beast that are on the ground, by My great power and by My outstretched arm, and have given it to whom it seemed proper to Me.” Jeremiah 27:5
Have you ever felt like a fish out of water and wondered if you are in the right place amidst the right people? There are a lot of records in the Bible where people have been placed in seemingly inappropriate places and among inappropriate persons. Is Lion’s den the place for Daniel or the consuming fire for his friends? Did Joseph deserve to be sold and what connection does he have with Egypt? Yet we find throughout the Bible, people of God being placed in improper places and suffering in the hands of their enemies though being sent on a rescue mission. The passage we are going to meditate upon for this month describes the Lord’s declaration of His Sovereign authority and His view on the circumstances. What seems improper and inappropriate to us, is proper to God and fits in His plan. Jeremiah 27 revolves around the command of God through Jeremiah to the people of Judah about bearing the yoke and surrendering to serve the King of Babylon. God who made the earth in all its splendour, the man with such keen precision as a marvellous being and an innumerable variety of beasts that we humans are still discovering and feel fascinated about, knows when to deliver and when to redeem, all for a purpose that seems proper in His Master plan. He desired that the nations of Judah must surrender to the King’s authority lest they be punished with sword, famine, pestilence and handed over to be consumed by the king of Babylon. God in this Chapter also warns of false prophecy of those who spell out news that are soothing to hear and brings peace. My dear friends, oftentimes in our circumstances, we fail to surrender to the authorities and bear the yoke because we cannot accept the happenings around us. We ought to pray for discernment to know if this is the place and people that God has delivered us into, and seems proper in His eyes that we go through such trials. Let us realise that God can permit suffering in the path that He has shown us, no matter how inappropriate it may seem to us today. As we meditate upon this chapter this month, realising the Sovereign authority of God, may we also ponder upon these points and grow closer to live a meaningful life in that place He has planted us.
- God gives us the best however inappropriate the situation may seem.
- God permits us to go through situations of serving people of different belief or value systems as we can see how people of Judah were asked to surrender to Nebuchadnezzar who later started considering himself to be the god.
- God redeems us in His time and uses the situation to magnify His name. If we are in seemingly improper circumstances, remember God is using us along with the situation to magnify His glory.
- God reveals things directly and loves to stay connected to us. He warns of false prophets who make people trust in a lie (Refer Jeremiah 27,28). Be sure that Christ alone is the mediator between God and man. (Refer 1 Timothy 2:5) Therefore, watch and pray with discernment and seek His perfect will.
We are called not to conform ourselves to the pattern of this world but by transformation of our minds to know the good, pleasing and perfect will of God (Refer Romans 12:2). As we begin this month, may we thank God irrespective of our circumstances, submissively seek God’s will in our lives and choose whatever path He may lead us to.