March 9th – “When You Have Done Everything ….”

Jeremiah was one of God’s all-time greatest servants. He was a shy, sensitive village poet: a man, who loved nature, and would have longed quietly to settle down with a nice girl, and raise a family, just minding his own business.
That was not what God had in store of Jeremiah. He was to be a prophet with a most unpalatable message. He was called to smash the cultural idols of his contemporaries, and this he did with thoroughness, and with imaginative vision. His words were sledge hammers. Nevertheless, when he comes before God in prayer, he is not soothed or stroked, encouraged and molly-coddled. He pours out his bewildered soul to his God, and even accuses God of letting him down. Like a brook which bubbles out of the ground, promising cold, clear, fresh water, only to run into the sand and disappear. The only answer he gets from God is that God will give him the moral and spiritual strength to keep going. He will be made like a wall of brass, an iron pillar – but, thank God, Jeremiah never lost his soft centre.
Read how, in Chapter 15, he dares to talk to God so openly:
Why is my pain unending and my wound grievous and incurable? Will you be to me like a deceptive brook, like a spring that fails? Therefore this is what the Lord says: “If you repent, I will restore you that you may serve me; if you utter worthy, not worthless, words, you will be my spokesman. Let this people turn to you, but you must not turn to them.” Jeremiah 15: 18-19Jeremiah 15: 18-19
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18 Why is my pain perpetual, and my wound incurable, which refuseth to be healed? wilt thou be altogether unto me as a liar, and as waters that fail? fail: Heb. be not sure? 19 Therefore thus saith the LORD, If thou return, then will I bring thee again, and thou shalt stand before me: and if thou take forth the precious from the vile, thou shalt be as my mouth: let them return unto thee; but return not thou unto them.  

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A Prayer: Deliver us, O Lord, from all self-pity and complaining in our service for you, and grant us this day the strength to stand for what is right and true, whatever the cost. Through him who bore the cross for love of us.
A Thought for Today: “The purity of silver and gold is tested by putting them in the fire; the human heart is tested by giving them a little fame.” Eugene H. Petersen’s paraphrase of Proverbs 27:21Proverbs 27:21
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21 As the fining pot for silver, and the furnace for gold; so is a man to his praise.  

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Now read Luke 17: 1-10Luke 17: 1-10
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17 1 Then said he unto the disciples, It is impossible but that offences will come: but woe unto him, through whom they come! 2 It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he cast into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones. 3 Take heed to yourselves: If thy brother trespass against thee, rebuke him; and if he repent, forgive him. 4 And if he trespass against thee seven times in a day, and seven times in a day turn again to thee, saying, I repent; thou shalt forgive him. 5 And the apostles said unto the Lord, Increase our faith. 6 And the Lord said, If ye had faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye might say unto this sycamine tree, Be thou plucked up by the root, and be thou planted in the sea; and it should obey you. 7 But which of you, having a servant plowing or feeding cattle, will say unto him by and by, when he is come from the field, Go and sit down to meat? 8 And will not rather say unto him, Make ready wherewith I may sup, and gird thyself, and serve me, till I have eaten and drunken; and afterward thou shalt eat and drink? 9 Doth he thank that servant because he did the things that were commanded him? I trow not. 10 So likewise ye, when ye shall have done all those things which are commanded you, say, We are unprofitable servants: we have done that which was our duty to do.  

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and read v.10 five times.

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