Today you should read: Jeremiah 49
“For who is like me, and who can challenge me?
What ruler can oppose my will?” (19)
Amongst other things, what stands out to me about Jeremiah 49 is verse 19 above. It reminds me of what Paul says in Romans 9:
20 But who are you, a human being, to talk back to God?“Shall what is formed say to the one who formed it,‘Why did you make me like this?’” 21 Does not the potter have the right to make out of the same lump of clay some pottery for special purposes and some for common use? (ESV)
How often do we question or challenge the plan of God? How often do we think that we can challenge God’s wisdom when things in our life seem off or confusing? We, being temporal, finite creatures, often think that we know more than the eternal, infinite God. His wisdom is so great and surpasses so much of our own.
The reality is that suffering and sin still reign in our world. The question is not whether you will experience sin or suffering in your life, but how you will respond. Will you respond by trusting that God is who he has declared himself to be in His Word: wise, loving, good, sovereign? Or will you doubt God and turn him into something you have created him to be?
We have a choice in dealing with our sin and suffering. Will you respond by looking to God or to yourself?
By: Graham Withers — Pastoral Ministry Associate
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