Inspired by Jeremiah 46:18-28
“But as for you, have no fear, my servant Jacob, and do not be dismayed, O Israel; for I am going to save you from far away, and your offspring from the land of their captivity. Jacob shall return and have quiet and ease, and no one shall make him afraid.” Jeremiah 46:27 (NRSV)
As we live out our lives in this sinful and fallen world, we will experience periods of suffering. They may be the result of our own poor choices, they may be the consequences of others’ thoughtless or intentional actions, or they may be without discernable cause. In any case, most of us are virtually guaranteed periods of suffering, and being a faithful Christian does not exempt us from this reality.
But we who follow Christ and know the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob through him can be confident that no matter how far we may feel from his presence, our God will never forsake us. Whatever our circumstances on earth, God is not only aware of them, he is experiencing them with us, giving us the strength we need to just breathe that next breath, take that next step, and endure for just one more day. For God created us for more than this, and even now he is working to bring you through these difficult times. He created you to know peace and love, and to live without fear. He is calling his followers to care for his good creation and bring healing to the world, and he has the power to make all things new.
Let us pray. God of salvation, you are with your people at all times and in all places. Help us to be aware of your presence in our deepest need and loneliness, that we may be comforted and strengthened by your love. Through Christ our Lord, Amen.