UPDATE: D.I. Telbat’s newest End Times Novel, Called To Gobi, is NOW available! Click the title link to learn more about this Christian End Times Chronicle as well as find retailer links. Here’s David–
Dear Reading Friends, this is David Telbat with Part II in my Author Reflection on the Book of Jeremiah. Is the world in a fury around you? Lately, I’ve been reading the Book of Jeremiah for fellowship with and counsel from God. We don’t have to read very much of this book to discover that Jeremiah’s dilemma in Jerusalem was much like it is in our world today—fury toward God’s people seems the norm. Do you sometimes feel like the Weeping Prophet?
“For whatever is born of God overcomes the world; and this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith.” I John 5:4 (NASB)
When I was writing this post, a national leader called on all Christians to cease confronting sinful behavior or certain aberrant orientations. The public has voted, and political polls have been tallied. This is the world’s fury against God’s holiness.
It should be no surprise that people without God in their lives will side against God’s moral standards of right and wrong.
Like Jeremiah, we may be tempted to shrink back from the world’s popular opinions. We may even hide from speaking the truth if we’re afraid of a backlash. But this shame isn’t God’s will.
Their Fury Does Not Equal Our Failure
After Jeremiah was appointed (Jer 1:10) to proclaim the hard truth, he was promised he wouldn’t be overcome by the world (1:19). He went through much persecution, but God didn’t allow His faithful servant to be overcome. God keeps His promises!
You and I have also been appointed to proclaim a message, as seen in Matthew 28:18-20—to go into the world and preach the gospel of Jesus Christ. We already know the world opposes God. The world is in a fury against His righteousness and purity. But the world’s fury doesn’t overcome God. Actually, faith is the vehicle by which WE overcome the world!
Overcoming the World
How does faith overcome the world? Only by aiming our faith toward the One who is greater than the world: God Almighty. The resurrection of Jesus Christ is the greatest example that God has power over sin and death in the world. He overcame. Our faith in the Overcomer attaches us to Him, and we become His simple overcomers.
The world may be in a fury around you or toward you, but that doesn’t mean you are defeated, my brothers and sisters. We are victorious, not because we are strong or always “win arguments,” but because of faith in the Son of God, who bought victory for us!
Stand like Jeremiah above the fury of the world.
See you on the path!
COMING UP: Join us next time for David Telbat’s short story, “Sister Sabeela, Wife Four in Syria.” And in the following post, we have a book review by David Telbat on a book by Author/Missionary Norman Grubb, The Key to Everything.