God loved His flailing, unbelieving Israel so much that He sent prophet after prophet to speak His plan of rescue into their midst. All they had to do was believe Him and obey. All they had to do was grab the proverbial rope and hold on as they were pulled away from slow but sure destruction. But the Bible says, they would not! (Jeremiah 44:16-17)
There they were, again, in need of a rescue (whether they knew it or not) and this time it was Jeremiah who revealed God’s plan to them. In their proud hearts they responded, “You are lying to us! God didn’t send you to help us; you are working for our enemy. Your are trying to trick us and we’re too smart for that.”. They rejected, yet again, God’s plan of rescue and God’s hammer finally fell. But, that isn’t the saddest part of the story. These proud, unbelieving leaders took innocent men, women, and children with them into the heart of their enemy’s territory as they ignored God’s redemptive plan. (Jeremiah 43:1-7)
Have you ever been in a place where you’ve needed God’s help or rescue – aka divine intervention? I venture to say that at some point, you have and so have I. And I bet, just like me and the Israelites, you’ve been taunted by the devil (yes, he really does do that) in an effort to dislodge your sincere faith and replace it with a mindset of unbelief. Beware if you think things like the following: “Would God really do that for me?” (Isaiah 59:1) “Could this really be God’s answer?” “This doesn’t look like help, rescue, or divine intervention to me!” (2Kings 5:10-11) “I’ve really not been good enough for God to actually help me.” (Romans 3:22-24) Know that God did not prompt these thoughts. The devil lurks nearby trying to steal your answer from you. Unfortunately, it was unbelief that plagued the people God loved and they finally experienced the fall of His mighty hammer.
Maybe you have seen the hammer fall before or maybe not; but, one thing is sure…the hammer does NOT have to fall. Spare yourself. Choose to believe God and obey His directive as He willingly works to meet you at your point of need. Start with His words in the Bible that lovingly call you to accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior. Believe Him. Trust Him even if the resulting “help” doesn’t seem to be what you need. There is great power in believing and acting on it. (Matthew 9:29) There really is no need to cause the hammer to finally fall. Trust God’s heart and see Him come through for you.(Hebrews 11:6) Don’t sell Him short!
With great humility, I share that this post was penned right after a specific, sincere prayer to God. I believe it is His kind, loving directive to me, personally. I trust both you and I will choose to believe and see His loving move to answer prayer, then realize the victory rather than the falling of the hammer.