Posted July 22, 2014
“... I am watching over my word to perform it.”
These were the words spoken by God as He called Jeremiah to be His prophet and messenger. God was going to use Jeremiah’s mouth to speak God’s words to His people. This caused some worry in Jeremiah, but God promised a couple things. First, that He would be with Jeremiah to deliver him. Secondly, because Jeremiah was speaking on God’s behalf, it was God who would bring about the fulfillment of the words spoken through Jeremiah. It wasn’t up to Jeremiah to speak and then go out and accomplish them in his own strength and will power, but rather be a faithful spokesperson on God’s behalf. God said, “I am watching over my word to perform it.” This points us to two attributes of God: God’s faithfulness and God’s power.
God is watching over His own word; He’s highly aware of what promises He’s made to His people. God does not utter some incredible promise one day, and wake up the next forgetting what He said. In the words of Spurgeon, God “writes with a pen that never blots, speaks with a tongue that never slips, acts with a hand that never fails.” We can take great encouragement from the truth that though we may be faithless, God remains faithful! Psalm 33:4 tells us that “…all His work is done in faithfulness.” There is never an ounce of it that would waver in its reliability; He is trustworthy.
Not only God faithful, but God has the power to back up what He says. Unlike man, God does not speak what He cannot accomplish. He is the powerful King of the universe! The “ESV Gospel Transformation Bible” commented on this truth:
“The word of the sovereign God will achieve his purpose, and enable Jeremiah to do the same. As Jeremiah responds to God’s command to “say to them [his people] everything that I command you,” God promises, “I make you this day a fortified city, an iron pillar, and bronze walls” against his opposition (vv. 17–18). In like manner, Isaiah assured his hearers that God’s word is invincible (Isa. 55:11). This word announces both judgment and salvation. The prophetic word foreshadows the Word made flesh, Jesus Christ (John 1:14). He must come because of the difficult thing the word of God must also do: pronounce forgiveness over the lives of those who do not deserve it. Yet this is precisely the message of the gospel, accomplished by Christ’s atoning work as that Word invincibly achieves God’s redeeming purpose. Christians should be confident that Jesus cannot fail in his purpose to redeem his people and to judge evil, as the word of God does here in Jeremiah 1. Confidence in the sovereignty of God motivates Christian living and evangelism.”
Whose word are you trusting in? Do you trust that God watches His own word, and is both faithful and powerful enough to accomplish it? We can trust in Him both to work His salvation in us, and also to work through us in our lives. May this truth embolden and invigorate us!