The Power of His Presence
I am with you to deliver you, says the LORD. (Jeremiah 1: 8)
When God places you and me in dangerous or difficult circumstances, He does not abandon us to face the challenge alone. He knows that we are incompetent to deal with them and takes note of our personal inadequacies. When we receive an assignment from Him which we consider to be beyond our capacity, we often have reactions which could be described by the expressions: “Who, me?” “You’ve got to be kidding.” “I can’t.” “That’s not fair.” etc. We need to consciously consider several things in responding to His assignment.
1. Remember His person, i.e., Who it is assigning us. It is the LORD, the sovereign , self-existent One. He declares Himself as the almighty, unchanging God.
2. Recognize His power as revealed in His Word and demonstrated in the lives of His people. History bears witness to His taking supposedly inadequate people, humanly speaking, and placing them in supposedly impossible situations (i.e., Moses, Gideon, D. L. Moody, etc.).
3. Rely on His presence. Along with His presence comes the enablement to meet the challenge of the assignment. We see this in the statement to Jeremiah in our text. He was being called by God to a most difficult and unpopular assignment. His reaction was that he was not mature enough to handle the task. He was fearful of the anticipated opposition. God’s answer was in terms of His divine presence and His promise – deliverance.
In commissioning His disciples, our Lord combined the statement of their responsibilities with the facts of His authoritative power and His assured presence (Matthew 28: 18-20). They faced a task for which they in themselves were entirely inadequate.
The writer of Hebrews relates these facts to his readers and to us when he quotes the words of the Lord, I will never leave you nor forsake you (Hebrews 13: 5b). In verse 8 he declares that Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever. Rev. William A. Raws’ last writings were in our devotional, REAL VICTORY FOR REAL LIFE, available from Amazon.com
Keswick, America’s (2012-12-13). Real Victory for Real Life Volume 2 (Kindle Locations 10419-10440). . Kindle Edition.
Quote of the day: Lord Jesus, though I’m prone to wander, you’re bent on pursuing me… relentlessly. – Pastor Scotty Smith
Verse to Memorize: Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. Proverbs 3:5-6 (ESV)