Published December 30, 2014

Shelia Shares....
"Relying On God's Faithfulness"

So you think you've had it bad in 2014!  Perhaps you are even dreading 2015.

But, God is faithful.

Let's go to the Old Testament. Jeremiah, a faithful prophet of God, was treated badly. He was beaten, thrown into prison and thrown into a pit or cistern. While in the pit, God sent a rescuer to bring him out of the pit. And, the rescuer brought rags, so Jeremiah was protected while being lifted from the pit.

As we continue to read in Jeremiah, we come to the end of the 52nd chapter. There it says that Jeremiah was taken from the prison by the king and ate bread in the presence of the king all the days of his life until the day of his death.

Finally, some good news for Jeremiah.

As we continue reading the Bible, the book following Jeremiah is Lamentations. This book was written by the prophet Jeremiah. Although it is a funeral poem talking about the death of Jerusalem, it is a book filled with hope.

Lamentations 3:22-26 and 55-57 reads:

"Through the Lord's mercies we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness. ‘The Lord is my portion,' says my soul, ‘Therefore I hope in Him!' The Lord is good to those who wait for Him, to the soul who seeks Him. It is good that one should hope and wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord. I called on Your name, O Lord, from the lowest pit. You have heard my voice: ‘Do not hide Your ear from my sighing, from my cry for help.' You drew near on the day I called on You, and said, ‘Do not fear!'"

Until the end of his days, Jeremiah listened to the Lord. Jeremiah spoke what the Lord wanted spoken. Jeremiah remembered God's faithfulness even in the worst of circumstances.

It doesn't matter what your circumstances are today. God will speak to you and God will remain faithful until the end.

As you enter the New Year, claim the promises of the faithful God.

Jeremiah 29:11: "For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope." (NKJV)

- Shelia

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