“Do not fear, O Jacob my servant; do not be dismayed, O Israel. I will surely save you out of a distant place, your descendants from the land of their exile. Jacob will agin have peace and security, and no one will make him afraid.” NIV
This is so interesting! This verse is 16 chapters later in Jeremiah than the one I looked at yesterday. Yet, the verses are almost completely identical.
I have a dear friend who talks about “God’s echo.” Her theory is that if you hear the same thing multiple times from Godly sources, God is trying to tell you something … like if you read a verse during your quiet time, and then the pastor serendipitously preaches on the same topic, you can be certain that there is something there that you are supposed to hear.
So, this concept is important. It was definitely important to Israel.
This morning, I also looked at it in The Message, which says, “But you, dear Jacob my servant, you have nothing to fear. Israel, there’s not need to worry. Look up! I’ll save you from that far country. I’ll get your children out of the land of exile. Things are going to be normal agin for Jacob, safe and secure, smooth sailing.” MSG
I love the phrase, “Look up!”
Sometimes, we have to get so stomped down by the world that the only place we have to look is up … that’s when God can step in and really make a difference.
Today, I’ll think more about these verses and the message that they hold for me.