In any sort of ministry position, one of the most interesting lessons is that nothing is too hard for God at all. A good friend of mine who is in ministry gave me and some others a lesson from Jeremiah 32. Specifically, the verse he focused on is Jeremiah 32:17. The historical context is that Babylon is casting a siege against Jerusalem and the king has shut Jeremiah up in prison (check the first couple of verses in the beginning of the chapter). I think in that instance the king of Jerusalem was pretty sure that the city was going to fall even though they kept holding off against the Babylonians. Still, he decides to put Jeremiah in prison for saying such things. The fact of the matter was that Jeremiah had been prophesying the downfall for a long time beforehand, yet the people refused to repent because of their unbelief. On a separate note, belief and repentance from sin go hand in hand. One cannot repent of something he does not believe is sinful or wrong.
Let’s go further into the text:

“6And Jeremiah said, “The word of the LORD came to me, saying,

7‘Behold, Hanamel the son of Shallum your uncle is coming to you, saying, “Buy for yourself my field which is at Anathoth, for you have the right of redemption to buy it.”‘

8“Then Hanamel my uncle’s son came to me in the court of the guard according to the word of the LORD and said to me, ‘Buy my field, please, that is at Anathoth, which is in the land of Benjamin; for you have the right of possession and the redemption is yours; buy it for yourself ‘ Then I knew that this was the word of the LORD.

9“I bought the field which was at Anathoth from Hanamel my uncle’s son, and I weighed out the silver for him, seventeen shekels of silver.

10“I signed and sealed the deed, and called in witnesses, and weighed out the silver on the scales.

11“Then I took the deeds of purchase, both the sealed copy containing the terms and conditions and the open copy;

12and I gave the deed of purchase to Baruch the son of Neriah, the son of Mahseiah, in the sight of Hanamel my uncle’s son and in the sight of the witnesses who signed the deed of purchase, before all the Jews who were sitting in the court of the guard.

13“And I commanded Baruch in their presence, saying,

14‘Thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, “Take these deeds, this sealed deed of purchase and this open deed, and put them in an earthenware jar, that they may last a long time.”

15‘For thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, “Houses and fields and vineyards will again be bought in this land.””

Pardon me, but who buys land when it’s about to be conquered? Jeremiah was clearly a true prophet among all of the false prophets of his day. Notice that it is first said by God that Hanamel will come to sell him land (verses 6-7). It goes clearly in line with earlier scripture on how a true prophet is to be recognized from a false one. See Deuteronomy 13:1-3 as well as 18:22.

Let’s keep going….

“16“After I had given the deed of purchase to Baruch the son of Neriah, then I prayed to the LORD, saying, 17‘Ah Lord GOD! Behold, You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and by Your outstretched arm! Nothing is too difficult for You,

18who shows lovingkindness to thousands, but repays the iniquity of fathers into the bosom of their children after them, O great and mighty God The LORD of hosts is His name;

19great in counsel and mighty in deed, whose eyes are open to all the ways of the sons of men, giving to everyone according to his ways and according to the fruit of his deeds;

20who has set signs and wonders in the land of Egypt, and even to this day both in Israel and among mankind; and You have made a name for Yourself, as at this day.”

If you’re a person in ministry, you know how immensely frustrating things can get at times. The fact is that ministry is HARD and requires a good deal of work. However, this passage is quite comforting in those times and especially when a very big task is ahead. For those not in ministry, you also know that the Christian walk is no cake walk. Whatever side you’re on, I hope this passage can give the greater picture of what God is doing. It’s a very encouraging thought that if you are doing the Lord’s work, nothing is too hard for Him and that He will accomplish His will. How blessed it is to be a part of that.

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