Evening, June 30, adapted from Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening

“Ah Lord God! Behold, You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and by Your outstretched arm! Nothing is too difficult for You. — Jeremiah 32:17

At the very time when the Chaldeans surrounded Jerusalem, and when the sword, famine and plague had desolated the land, Jeremiah was commanded by God to purchase a field, and have the deed of transfer legally sealed and witnessed. This was a strange purchase for a rational man to make. Prudence could not justify it, for it was buying with scarcely a probability that the person purchasing could ever enjoy the possession. But it was enough for Jeremiah that his God had directed him, for well he knew that God will be faithful to all his children. He reasoned this way: “Ah, Lord God! You can make this plot of ground of use to me; You can rid this land of these oppressors; You can make me yet sit under my vineyard and my fig-tree in the inheritance which I have bought; for you made the heavens and the earth, and there is nothing too hard for you.” This gave an impressive stateliness to the early saints, that they dared to do at God’s command things which earthly reason would condemn. Whether it be a Noah who is to build a ship on dry land, an Abraham who is to offer up his only son, or a Moses who is to spurn the treasures of Egypt, or a Joshua who is to besiege Jericho seven days, using no weapons but the blasts of rams’ horns, they all act upon God’s command, contrary to the dictates of natural reason; and the Lord gives them a rich reward as the result of their obedient faith. Would to God we had in the religion of these modern times a more potent infusion of this heroic faith in God. If we would venture more upon the undisguised promise of God, we should enter a world of wonders to which as yet we are strangers. Let Jeremiah’s place of confidence be ours–nothing is too hard for the God that created the heavens and the earth.