“But this is what the Lord says: I would no more reject my people than I would change my laws that govern night and day, earth and sky.” Jeremiah 33:25
When you hear the phrase, “I state my reputation on it,” you typically know that person is serious about the matter at hand. Now, whether or not they have a good or bad reputation is a whole other topic and can sometimes depend on who you ask. But when God says something to this effect, you can rest assured that He means business!
Such is the case in Jeremiah 33. With their cities and nation in ruins, and the best and brightness held as captives in a foreign land, the world was starting to wonder if God had completely given up on His “chosen people.” Yes, Judah and Israel’s light looked dim as they faced God’s wrath and punishment for all their misdeeds and idolatry, but all of it was for a season. God never planned to leave them in that state forever. Despite what it may have looked like from the outside, God still had a great plan for His people, a plan that would bring them back to a place of overflowing peace, prosperity and joy.
When going through a dark valley or a season of challenges, we may find ourselves wondering if God has completely forgotten us. But the truth is, we are always on His mind. In spite of any challenges we may face from time to time, God assures us of victory, and He is willing to state His reputation on it. The key for us is found in 1 John 5:4-5 which says, “For every child of God defeats this evil world, and we achieve this victory through our faith. And who can win this battle against the world? Only those who believe that Jesus is the Son of God.”
Today, you can rest in knowing that any trouble you may be facing is only temporal. Because God poured out His wrath upon Jesus on the cross as the payment and punishment for our sins, we can know that God is not the author of our trouble. Instead, He is the source of hope and victory for all who put their trust in Christ.