“Behold, I am the Lord God, the God of all flesh. Is there anything too difficult for Me?” Jeremiah 32:27

God does not get caught up in your present situation. He cares about it, and is involved in it, but He is not thinking that it is the end of the story. No way. And neither should you.

How does God not get all wrapped up in your present problem?

The Bible says that God sees the end from the beginning. And guess what? He has given you a way to do the same!

God prophesied through Jeremiah that the Babylonians were going to ransack Jerusalem and take everyone captive. That happened. However, before it happened, God told Jeremiah to buy a piece of land in Jerusalem. Jeremiah obeyed, but was confused.

Often the Lord will tell you to do something that doesn’t make sense to your immediate situation. The reason is because He sees the end from the beginning. He sees fourteen steps ahead. That’s why He can tell you to do something now that only makes sense to Him. If you obey now, it will make sense to you later. That’s called trust.

Jeremiah asked the Lord why he had him buy a piece of property in a city that was being destroyed. This was the Lord’s response:

“Behold, I am the Lord God, the God of all flesh. Is there anything too difficult for Me?” Jeremiah 32:27

But how was that answer sufficient for Jeremiah? Because the Lord was telling Jeremiah that although the Babylonians were invading, it would not be the end of the story for Jerusalem or His people – that God has a plan for a glorious outcome – that the Jews would eventually return and be restored. The purchase of the land was a prophetic sign of that promise. (I bet you he got that land cheap, too!)

God saw the end from the beginning. You must do the same thing. But how?

By looking at God’s promises more than your problem.

God has given you many promises for your problems in the Bible. This is how you can have hope in a hopeless situation.

The day before my wife was diagnosed with cancer, God spoke to her by His Spirit and said, “Plan for longevity”. That has been the promise we have held on to ever since. We know it was from God because it agrees with Scripture.

“With long life I will satisfy him (her) and show him (her) My salvation.” Psalm 91:16

(When you feel the Lord has spoken to you from another source other than the Bible itself, it can’t contradict the Bible. If it does, it wasn’t from God.)

I love what Solomon said in front of the entire congregation after they had been delivered from the Egyptians, established in the Promised Land, became a mighty nation, and was dedicating the house of the Lord for congregating and worshiping – Solomon’s Temple:

“Blessed be the Lord, who has given rest to His people Israel, according to all that He promised. There has not failed one word of all His good promise, which He promised through His servant Moses.” 1 Kings 8:56

Paul, the apostle, said it this way:

“For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God.” 2 Corinthians 1:20 NIV

What promises has God made to you? If you aren’t sure, go to the Bible today and find promises that pertain to your situation. It might be for finances, physical health, relational healing, forgiveness of sins… Whatever it is, there is a promise for you. (You can go to the Concordance in the back of your Bible and find Scriptures that apply to different needs. Or just Google it.)

There is no problem in life that you will not be able to find a promise to believe. This is how you will be able to look beyond your situation to a favorable outcome.

That is how, like God, you will be able to see the end from the beginning.

THINK ABOUT IT

  1. What would life be like for you without the promises of God?
  2. Are you focusing on the promise of God for your situation, or only the problem?
  3. What can you do today to being focusing on the promise and not the problem?