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"Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh. Is there anything too hard for Me?" (Jeremiah 32:27)

What a mighty God we have! Sometimes I think we do not stop and think about was a great and wonderful God we serve!

God of creation

Jeremiah expresses great praise to God: "Ah, Lord God! Behold, You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and outstretched arm. There is nothing too hard for You" (Jeremiah 32).

All through the Bible we are reminded that God is the One who made this world and everything in it: "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him and without Him nothing was made that was made" (John 1: 1-3).

People of our world bombard us with the lie of evolution. We need to be reminded again that God is the One who made everything and He made us!

God of kindness

"You show loving kindness to thousands..." (Jeremiah 32:18)

So often we hear people portray God as cruel and unfair. That is the devil's lie. God shows us His kindness daily. The very air we breathe and all His provisions of food and water, sunshine, etc. are just tiny touches of His love and care for us. Think of just the variety of flowers His hands have created. Not just four or five varieties -- but hundreds of every size, shape, and colour imaginable. What a mighty God!

You come to know the kindness of the love of the Lord Jesus, when you come to know Him as your personal Saviour.

Can you think of someone who has shown you kindness? Even years and years later, someone's act of kindness is in your memory. I remember someone who simply said, "We are praying for you" (when we had a family member in hospital).

How much more the kindness of the Lord God blesses our lives! Our God comforts us and gives us a sense of His peace and love -- even if no one else knows our needs.

God of fairness

"You are great in counsel and mighty in work, for your eyes are open to all the ways of the sons of men, to give everyone according to his ways and according to the fruit of his doings" (Jeremiah 32:19).

How many times have you read or heard of unfair judgments being made? We see innocent people badly treated and the guilty go free, or receive very light sentences. We are angry! It isn't fair! But God sees all that we do. Nothing escapes His knowledge. Sometimes wrong goes unpunished (for a while). But, even if they are not punished here on earth, the Judgment Day is coming, when God will judge them. God is a God of fairness.

Do not think that you can do wrong and go unpunished. If you have done something you know is wrong, go to God in prayer. He is a fair God and will forgive you if you are genuinely sorry and willing to put it right. Some people often tell us that God will forgive, but they do not often remind us that they must make 'restitution'. If we have stolen something, we must not only ask God to forgive us, we must go to the person we have stolen from and ask their forgiveness and pay them back for what we have taken. That is not easy -- but God will bless you for it.

I read recently about a man that became a Christian, then married and had a little child. But, unknown to others, he had a terrible sin in his life. Five years before he became a Christian, he had raped and killed a woman. He told a trusted Christian friend about it. His friend said that he must not only ask God to forgive him, but that he must also go to the police and confess the crime. He did so -- and spent time in prison for the crime.

Because God is a fair God, we must also be fair in our lives. Do others know you as kind and fair?

God of miracles

Jeremiah reminds us that God is "mighty in works" (Jeremiah 32:19). He reminded the people of how God led the people out of slavery in Egypt. Remember all the miracles they saw? They saw the ten plagues that happened to the Egyptians, while the Israelites were not touched by those same plagues. They saw the Red sea part and they were able to walk across on dry ground. But, when the Egyptian soldiers tried to follow them across, they were bogged in the sea and the waves covered them over. Some people all these years later try to tell us how all that happened, that it really wasn't a miracle. But, you should read the Bible, and see for yourself. God is a God of miracles. If you took a pair of scissors and cut the miracles out of the Bible -- you would have a book with many missing sections and pages! God is a Great and Mighty God!

I have seen miracles in my life. You can try to explain it away all you like -- but I know that God is a God of miracles!

God of my salvation

Jeremiah says God gives to everyone according to his ways and according to the fruit of his doings. "But let him who glories glory in this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the Lord, exercising loving kindness, judgment, and righteousness in the earth, for in these I delight, says the Lord" (Jeremiah 9:24).

We can know God. How wonderful -- that the God of creation, the God of kindness, the God of fairness, the God of miracles -- can be the God of my salvation! He wants us to know Him, whom to know is life eternal! Do you know Him personally?

Conclusion

Do you think these words about God were written by someone sitting in an air conditioned office, with his feet up on the desk, and gazing out at the trees through his windows? Hardly!

Jeremiah was a prophet who lived in a little town not far from Jerusalem. God called Jeremiah while he was a young teenager; God called him to be His spokesman. For 40 years Jeremiah warned the people that God was going to bring judgment on them because they had turned their backs on God and were following the ungodly nations around them. Jeremiah lived during the reign of five different kings, and none of them liked what he had to say. When he told the kings that their enemy was going to take their country captive, they treated Jeremiah as a traitor. One of the kings even burnt up the scriptures that God told Jeremiah and his scribe to write and give to the king. Then, God had them re-write those words again, as well as some warnings for the king.

In the middle of all this, God told Jeremiah to buy a piece of land from his relative to illustrate to the people that one day they would return to Jerusalem.

One king even had him thrown into an unused well, in which Jeremiah sunk into mud up to his neck. An Ethiopian man had mercy on Jeremiah and pulled him out of that terrible place using rags tied together. Jeremiah could have stopped preaching God's message to the people and saved his own life, but he did not.

Just as Jeremiah had told them, Jerusalem was captured and most of the population was taken as captives. Jeremiah was actually taken by his fellow countrymen and it is believed he was stoned to death by his own people.

He had spent 40 years preaching to people and not one of them listened to his message.

In that setting we read the words of Jeremiah, words full of compassion for his fellow countrymen, words full of love for God and praise for God the creator, the God of kindness, fairness, miracles and the God of our salvation! Those words were written by someone who faced real difficulties in life, but he did not let those problems stop him from loving and serving God.

So, when you feel your situation is hard, that no one understands, when life seems unfair and burdensome: look to God! Praise Him for His greatness and goodness. Praise Him because He is almighty God.

Jeremiah is referred to as the 'weeping prophet' because of all the warnings he gave to his people.

When Jesus "...asked His disciples, saying, 'Who do men say that I, the Son of Man, am? ... they said, 'Some say John the Baptist, some Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.' He said to them, 'But who do you say that I am?' Simon Peter answered and said, 'You are the Christ, the Son of the living God'" (Matthew 16:13-16).

Jesus reminded them of Jeremiah, the prophet of compassion.

Sometimes we feel we must have our life in order before we can come to God. We feel we must 'clean up' our life before God will want us. But, that is back to front thinking! Only God can clean up our life! Only He can forgive us and change us.

Start by recognizing who God is! He is the Mighty God. He is the one who created us, He is kind and just. He is the God of miracles. He is the God of our salvation.

Is He the God of your salvation? Ask Him to be your Lord and Saviour now. If He is your Saviour, continue to praise Him, even when life doesn't make sense. Bring to Him in prayer all those things you don't understand.

"The Lord is the true God; He is the living God and the everlasting King" (Jeremiah 10:10).

"Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh. Is there anything too hard for Me?" (Jeremiah 32:27)

Note:

Unless otherwise stated, all Bible quotations are from the New King James Version.

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