WHAT ON EARTH IS GOD DOING?

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WHAT ON EARTH IS GOD DOING?

Have you ever looked around in your life and wondered just what on earth is God doing? You see inexplicable things happening that you just cannot understand, and you wonder just how a loving God can not only do that, He can actually do that to you? Well, if we are honest, all have. This is one of the many mysteries of the Christian faith. But beloved, if you are feeling like that, don’t worry. As Michael Jackson said, ‘You are not alone.’ There are many of God’s mighty men who were just like you. So let us take a lesson from them and see how we can take comfort from God’s inexplicable decisions in our lives.

“The word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord in the tenth year of Zedekiah king of Judah, which was the eighteenth year of Nebuchadnezzar. For then the king of Babylon’s army besieged Jerusalem, and Jeremiah the prophet was shut up in the court of the prison, which was in the king of Judah’s house.” Jeremiah 32:1-2

Jeremiah, The Lord’s prophet no less, was put in prison by the King of Judah, and the nation of Judah was being attacked by a foreign enemy. Now, why was Jeremiah locked up instead of being consulted during this time of war?

“For Zedekiah king of Judah had shut him up, saying, “Why do you prophesy and say, ‘Thus says the Lord: “Behold, I will give this city into the hand of the king of Babylon, and he shall take it; and Zedekiah king of Judah shall not escape from the hand of the Chaldeans, but shall surely be delivered into the hand of the king of Babylon, and shall speak with him face to face, and see him eye to eye; then he shall lead Zedekiah to Babylon, and there he shall be until I visit him,” says the Lord; “though you fight with the Chaldeans, you shall not succeed”’?”” Jeremiah 32:3-5

That’s right, Jeremiah had prophesied that Judah would fall.

Now we need to understand that prophets of God had a 100% success record when it came to their predictions. They did, after all, merely tell the people what God had decided. So the accuracy rate of their predictions was 100%. That is why it is not too far-fetched then for a King who lacked faith and spiritual insight to see God’s prophet as a fortune teller of sorts, and place the blame of their predictions on them. But this was Jeremiah’s response to the King.

“And Jeremiah said, “The word of the Lord came to me, saying, ‘Behold, Hanamel the son of Shallum your uncle will come to you, saying, “Buy my field which is in Anathoth, for the right of redemption is yours to buy it.”’ Then Hanamel my uncle’s son came to me in the court of the prison according to the word of the Lord, and said to me, ‘Please buy my field that is in Anathoth, which is in the country of Benjamin; for the right of inheritance is yours, and the redemption yours; buy it for yourself.’ Then I knew that this was the word of the Lord. So I bought the field from Hanamel, the son of my uncle who was in Anathoth, and weighed out to him the money—seventeen shekels of silver. And I signed the deed and sealed it, took witnesses, and weighed the money on the scales.” Jeremiah 32:6-10

Now I know what you are thinking. Jeremiah’s lost it, right? Ol’ King here was asking him why he had made such a prophesy and Jeremiah told him why he had gone and bought property. If you think that Jeremiah was confused, well, yes, he was. He admitted to it later too.

“‘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. You show lovingkindness to thousands, and repay the iniquity of the fathers into the bosom of their children after them—the Great, the Mighty God, whose name is the Lord of hosts. 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. You have set signs and wonders in the land of Egypt, to this day, and in Israel and among other men; and You have made Yourself a name, as it is this day. You have brought Your people Israel out of the land of Egypt with signs and wonders, with a strong hand and an outstretched arm, and with great terror; You have given them this land, of which You swore to their fathers to give them—“a land flowing with milk and honey.”” Jeremiah 32:17-22

Yes, Lord, You are great. Yes, Lord, You love us. Yes, Lord, You have delivered us. And yes, the problems that we face right now are the result of our own doing,

“And they came in and took possession of it, but they have not obeyed Your voice or walked in Your law. They have done nothing of all that You commanded them to do; therefore You have caused all this calamity to come upon them.” Jeremiah 32:23

So why then did You tell me that everything was going to be alright? For to Jeremiah, that purchase of land was a sign from God that He would return the people to the promised land, as he told the witnesses to the deed exchange,

“For thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel: “Houses and fields and vineyards shall be possessed again in this land.”” Jeremiah 32:15

“—yet the city has been given into the hand of the Chaldeans.” Jeremiah 32:25

Have you been there before? You heard and felt our Father’s leading to head in a particular direction in your life. But the further you venture, the worse things seem to get. The further you head down that road, the deeper you seem to be in the abyss. Sure, you may have made some mistakes along the way, or perhaps you feel you have been fully faithful to His cause. But whatever the situation, our Father’s response to Jeremiah is as real for you right now as it was for Him and Israel back then.

“Then the word of the Lord came to Jeremiah, saying, “Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh. Is there anything too hard for Me?” Jeremiah 32:26

I love how He opens His response, don’t you? Hey, I know you are getting attacked. But I am God of all flesh. Relax. Is there anything I can’t do? This sound like what He told Gideon when Israel was again being subjugated, this time by the Midianites.

“When the angel of the Lord appeared to Gideon, he said, “The Lord is with you, mighty warrior.”
“Pardon me, my lord,” Gideon replied, “but if the Lord is with us, why has all this happened to us? Where are all his wonders that our ancestors told us about when they said, ‘Did not the Lord bring us up out of Egypt?’ But now the Lord has abandoned us and given us into the hand of Midian.”” Judges 6:12-13 [NIV]

Gutsy little fellow, wasn’t he, this Gideon? But doesn’t he speak for us; when things don’t go well and we want to give our Father a piece of our holy mind? I’m sure if Jeremiah met Gideon right now, they would high-five and fist-bump each other.

Yet, our Father never did leave them alone. To both of them, He revealed the route to Israel’s restoration. In fact, there is a lesson to how our Father restores, which will be covered in the next message. But for now, let’s see what happened in the end.

“Behold, I will gather them out of all countries where I have driven them in My anger, in My fury, and in great wrath; I will bring them back to this place, and I will cause them to dwell safely. They shall be My people, and I will be their God; then I will give them one heart and one way, that they may fear Me forever, for the good of them and their children after them. And I will make an everlasting covenant with them, that I will not turn away from doing them good; but I will put My fear in their hearts so that they will not depart from Me. Yes, I will rejoice over them to do them good, and I will assuredly plant them in this land, with all My heart and with all My soul.” Jeremiah 32:37-41

So if you feel you have been driven out of your land, if you feel that you have been robbed of your blessings, if you feel that your God has abandoned you; do not fear, our Father will not only restore to you all that you have lost, He will rejoice with you in your land and plant you firmly in it. And what about the promises that you received before you started this journey?

“For thus says the Lord: ‘Just as I have brought all this great calamity on this people, so I will bring on them all the good that I have promised them. And fields will be bought in this land of which you say, “It is desolate, without man or beast; it has been given into the hand of the Chaldeans.” Men will buy fields for money, sign deeds and seal them, and take witnesses, in the land of Benjamin, in the places around Jerusalem, in the cities of Judah, in the cities of the mountains, in the cities of the lowland, and in the cities of the South; for I will cause their captives to return,’ says the Lord.”” Jeremiah 32:42-44

They are all waiting for you, your promises, your visions, all that God told you that He would give you, they are all waiting for you at the end of this trouble.

Beloved, even though things may be rough right now, even though you may not understand just what on earth God is doing in your life, remember that our Father has promised us,

“Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.” Jeremiah 33:3

So call on Him as Jeremiah did. Call on Him as Gideon did. Seek Him and ask Him just what on earth is He doing in your life right now, and let Him show you all the great and mighty things which you did not know.

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