Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Baruch - whose name means blessed

Do you wonder if God remembers you? If some way, somehow you have been lost in the midst of these busy days? That somehow what you do from day to day doesn’t impact the world? My friend, cast these doubts aside because God loves you, He knows exactly where you are every moment, and you, because of Him, have the power to effect eternity. Wow….take a moment and breathe that into the depths of your soul. You – because of Him – have the power to effect eternity.

I encourage you to remember that God has a distinct plan for each of us and it is always His very best for us. Sometimes it seems that there is no end to the struggles that are in our life – whether these struggles are ones we brought on ourselves or these struggles are due to other people’s decisions that affect us.

Often it is easy to give up hope and not to go on when we are in this state; however, we have many examples to turn to in the Bible who have been where we may be at this season of life. And because of this we can see how they handled their predicament and learn from them. 

In Jeremiah 45, we find Baruch who is being threatened by the King for writing and reading Jeremiah’s preaching to him – in fact the King burns the documents. He finds himself accused of stirring up hostility and then, when he is anxious and overwhelmed and into himself….God steps in speaking truth through Jeremiah, his friend.

Let us join Baruch and see how to overcome when overcome…..

Baruch, whose name means blessed, had his share of troubles -
1.       He was the son of Neriah and served as Jeremiah’s scribe and friend. He wrote down Jeremiah’s preaching and read it to the king’s counselors who took it to the king. Jehoiakim burned it but Jeremiah dictated it again (Jer 36).
a.       Young believers are often discouraged with little difficulties that they meet at first in the service of God. 
                                                                           i.      Proverbs 24:10 If you are slack in the day of distress your strength is limited.
b.      Baruch’ s approach to this situation was instead of counting it worthy to suffer in such a way and with such good company, he was reflecting upon god as the God who had dealt with him harshly.
                                                                           i.      Romans 8:18 For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be reveal in us.
2.       Jeremiah was accused of being a mere instrument of Baruch’s enmity (Jer 43:3).
a.       Jer 43:3 But Baruch the son of Neriah is inciting you against us to give us over into the hand of the Chaldeans, so they will put us to death or exile us to Babylon.
3.       Jeremiah counseled Baruch to place his confidence wholly in the Lord and not seek great things for himself (Jer 45)
a.       It is our over fondness for the good things of this present time that makes us impatient under its evil things.
b.      God gave him hope that he would be safe though there was destruction all around him. 

Sometimes it seems that our struggles will not cease but on the contrary, they will. God is using you right now to be a testimony to His grace, His love, His strength, His courage, His wisdom – For when you get to know God in His completeness - and not just pick and choose the feel good scriptures - then a whole new level of looking at the world appears!

My friend, wherever you are, you are not alone on this journey as we are all learning and growing every day we are on this earth. My prayer is to keep my face lifted toward heaven with my feet planted on this soil and my tongue speaking eternal life.

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