Monday, August 17, 2015

Mon., 8/17/15 Devotion (Jer. 46:27)

Today's encouragement comes from Jeremiah 46:27, which says this:

"But do not fear, O My servant Jacob, and do not be dismayed, O Israel! For behold, I will save you from afar, and your offspring from the land of their cap-tivity; Jacob shall return, have rest and be at ease; no one shall make him afraid."

Behold the blessed promise God makes to His church (in every age). No mat-ter how bad things are, or what direction they seem to be going—the Lord cannot be prevented from extending His kingdom through gospel-preaching, and from spreading Christ's grace on His children.

Many people today anticipate evil days. That is an easy (and understandable) thing to do.  But it takes real faith to believe verses such as this one (above). Let true believers in Jesus never lose heart. To do so is to give into the en-emy. Let us trust God to keep His promises to His beloved church.

[Puritan quote of the day: "Evil is an evil thing, and yet it may be a good thing that evil should be in the world.” —Jonathan Edwards, in his sermon, "The Decrees of God"]