|Today’s Scripture: Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh: is there any thing too hard for me? Jeremiah 32:27|
|When we’re younger, it’s easy to think we know it all. Well-intended advice may have a tendency to go in one ear and out the other. For some “know-it-alls”, this may be the result of nothing being in between the ears to stop it. Some words of wisdom that I received when I was younger stuck with me, and I try to apply them when certain situations arise. I was told to avoid the words “always” and “never” because they are rarely true in most instances.
How about you, Christian? How many times do you exaggerate? “You always let him do that.” “I never get any help around here!” Yet, God never exaggerates. When we are dealing with God, we can trust and focus on the absolutes!
When I’m dealing with difficult, rebellious, or stubborn people, I try to remember the absolutes of Jeremiah 32:27. The LORD is the God of all flesh and that means there is no person or situation too hard for Him.
Nothing can take God by surprise. Let’s look at another absolute truth about God. “O LORD, Thou hast searched me, and known me. Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off. Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways.” (Psalm 139:1-3) God doesn’t only understand some of my thoughts; He knows them all even before I think them! He knows not some, but all of my ways, too. There are times that I am surprised by what comes out of my mouth, but the LORD never is.
As we are preparing to celebrate the birth of Jesus, let us ponder some other great absolutes. “These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God, that ye may KNOW that ye have eternal life, and that ye may believe on the name of the Son of God.” (1 John 5:13) If you are not sure where you will spend eternity, the absolute of 1 John 5:13 is we can KNOW that we have eternal life when we believe that Jesus was born for the purpose of being the precious sacrifice that takes away our sins. Because He was without sin, He was able to pay the penalty of our sin, and to prove that it was paid in full, He rose 3 days later.
More amazing absolutes are found in John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” If you are not absolutely sure where you will spend your eternity, please call 1-800-78-GRACE, or click here.
December can be a busy month. When the time gets stressful and you start to hear yourself using words of exaggeration like “never” and “always”, change your focus to thoughts of God’s absolutes. He promises He will never leave you or forsake you.
Devotional by Pastor Jim Scudder, Jr.