Topic: Learn From Adversity
Text: Jeremiah 30:15-24 (KJV)
15 Why criest thou for thine affliction? thy sorrow is incurable for the multitude of thine iniquity: because thy sins were increased, I have done these things unto thee.
16 Therefore all they that devour thee shall be devoured; and all thine adversaries, every one of them, shall go into captivity; and they that spoil thee shall be a spoil, and all that prey upon thee will I give for a prey.
17 For I will restore health unto thee, and I will heal thee of thy wounds, saith the LORD; because they called thee an Outcast, saying, This is Zion, whom no man seeketh after.
18 Thus saith the LORD; Behold, I will bring again the captivity of Jacob’s tents, and have mercy on his dwellingplaces; and the city shall be builded upon her own heap, and the palace shall remain after the manner thereof.
19 And out of them shall proceed thanksgiving and the voice of them that make merry: and I will multiply them, and they shall not be few; I will also glorify them, and they shall not be small.
20 Their children also shall be as aforetime, and their congregation shall be established before me, and I will punish all that oppress them.
21 And their nobles shall be of themselves, and their governor shall proceed from the midst of them; and I will cause him to draw near, and he shall approach unto me: for who is this that engaged his heart to approach unto me? saith the LORD.
22 And ye shall be my people, and I will be your God.
23 Behold, the whirlwind of the LORD goeth forth with fury, a continuing whirlwind: it shall fall with pain upon the head of the wicked.
24 The fierce anger of the LORD shall not return, until he have done it, and until he have performed the intents of his heart: in the latter days ye shall consider it.
Key Verse: “Why criest thou for thine affliction? thy sorrow is incurable for the multitude of thine iniquity: because thy sins were increased, I have done these things unto thee” (Jeremiah 30:15).
People naturally seek to avoid taking responsibility for their conduct. They would blame everyone, but fail to admit that they are paying the price for their error of omission or commission. As a result, they miss the vital lesson that God intends to condition their lives for the better.
The people of Judah behaved in a typical manner. They had come under God’s judgment for their sins. After ignoring His warning, they came under severe affliction, cruel wounds and bitter chastisement. Help was not forthcoming as they were quickly abandoned by their sinful allies. They began to cry out for respite, but not to God. He had to inform them that He was behind their problems and warned them that their sorrow was incurable, unless they turned again to the God of Israel.
Unknown to the people, God had provided a solution to their problems. Once they repented, He would fight and conquer their adversaries, heal their sicknesses and allow the rebuilding of their land. He would increase their population, give them a leader from among themselves; they would become His people again and He would be their God. But this must be preceded by genuine repentance.
Whenever a situation you cannot readily explain befalls you, search to be sure there is no hidden scandal trailing you. Where you discover something to repent of, do not hesitate to do so. Repentance will help you to develop the right attitude to the adversities of life, to see them as opportunities to grow your faith and relationship with God. Rather than complain or pass the buck, you should seek how to profit from adversity.
Thought For Today: Wisdom is not repeating past mistakes, but learning from them.
DCLM Daily Manna was written by Pastor William Folorunso Kumuyi; is the founder and General Superintendent of the Deeper Life Bible Church situated at KM 42 on the busy Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, Nigeria.