‘If racing against mere men makes you tired, how will you race against horses?
If you stumble and fall on open ground, what will you do in the thickets near the Jordan?
Even your brothers, members of your own family, have turned against you.
They plot and raise complaints against you. Do not trust them, no matter how pleasantly they speak’ (Jer 12:5, 6)
Jeremiah has a complaint and he is confused. He knows that God is righteous; he does not dispute that. But, still, there is a question that lingers in his mind… why do the wicked prosper and God ignores their evil deeds? The land suffers because of sin and the judgment of God seems so far. The wicked get more proud for lack of restrain. They ignore the prophetic warnings and persecute the believers; they are confident that God will do nothing, either good or bad; they encourage each other with empty words: let’s eat and drink for tomorrow we die. The hopeless corrupt the pure in heart and darkness seems to win over the land…Where is God?
Then God answers. God rebukes Jeremiah. He reminds him that this world is His own. It cannot be explained by the natural mind. He tells him that there is a purpose for everything; all things are made by Him and for Himself. Even the evil people, they exist for God’s pleasure. Pharaoh became the greatest man on earth so that when he is destroyed, all shall clearly see how God does it. The revelation of the judgment seat of Christ needs a visual aid.
‘The Lord has made everything for his own purposes, even the wicked for a day of disaster’ (PV 16:4)
If Jeremiah is tired of struggling against mere men, who trouble him daily, how will he stand warfare against demons (horses)?
What will Job say to Jeremiah, who had to endure not only a bad wife and bad friends, but he had to be the target of satan?
What will Peter say to Jeremiah who had to face satan and lost all things except his faith?
What will you say to Jeremiah, you who have suffered persecution from your own family and friends? Your mother, your father, your brothers and sisters, they do not encourage you; they only remember you when they need money; they don’t pray for you; they deceive you with fine words but war is in their hearts; they hide good things from you; they are jealous on you; they secretly hope that you shall backslide and join their ancestral worship; your own people betray and slander you…
If you complain that life is hard when there is peace, what will you do if God send you to a place where there is war?
If you are tired of your daily routine now that you are healthy, what will you say if a sickness comes to try your faith?
If you are weak now, when your body is still young, what will you do when old age comes and ‘the strong men stoop’?
If you are angry with little trials, what will you say if you have to carry the burden of intercession for others?
You have peace and joy as a gift from God, and you still complain? What if He decides to remove them for a season?
If you think it hard to be faithful today, when all things are still normal, how will you feel in the hour of death?
FACTS ABOUT HORSES:
*A horse typically sleeps only two to three hours a day; they can sleep both lying down and standing up.
•Foals (baby horses) can stand up within one hour of being born and run shortly after birth
*Horses have the biggest eyes of any mammal that lives on land and they are capable of seeing nearly 360 degrees at once
*Horses like sweet flavors and will usually reject anything sour or bitter
•Horses gallop at around 44 Km/h
*Horses have a great long term memory
*Horses thrive on routine, especially when it comes to food.
*Horses are social animals and will get lonely if kept alone.
*Horses will mourn the passing of a companion.
In the spiritual, can you compete with them? Do you watch and pray when others sleep? How early do you wake up in the morning to have your quiet time? Are you addicted to sleep? How fast do you grow in the grace and in the knowledge of Christ? How well do you train your children in the way of the Lord? How great is your vision of Christ, the King? How bitter is your complain and your gossip? How much do you stand against the powers of darkness? How fast can you flee from immorality?
IN CHRIST I DECLARE:
I am a child of God! My Father loves me! I have no doubt about it!
I love Jesus Christ more than my family, more than any human being!
I deny myself from worldly pleasure and fleshly luxuries; I carry my cross daily and I follow Him! It is my privilege!
I follow Jesus Christ and I am worthy to be called His disciple!
I live in such a time as this and in such a city like this, because God has chosen this for me, that I may seek Him!
I am not bitter with God’s choice for my life!
I am grateful with God’s portion for me! I do not complain about it and I do not want to change it! I only want to mature in it!
I shall find good in this season and in this place of trial!
I am God’s child and I know my Father’s care from the way He chastises me!
I take God’s chastisement as an encouragement and as a hope that I will be fruitful in life and ministry!
I am grateful for God’s chastisement and I am not jealous on them that are free from it!
I am getting stronger in spiritual warfare!
I am free from all the little foxes so that I can compete with horses! I compete and win!
I anticipate greater challenges in ministry for the increase of anointing and reward that comes with successful warfare!
I am not afraid of men because I fear God!
And I know that all things work together for good, for me and my children!
God loves us and He has called us to Himself!
I am not afraid of demons (horses) because I do not compete in my strength, but in the power of God’s might!
I compete as one seeking a crown! All men and horses cannot overpower me because I represent Christ in the race!
I shall place my crown at the feet of Jesus who is my everlasting Hero!
My children have good genes of successful athletes and champions! They shall follow in my foot steps as I follow Christ!
I invite all of you to the medal ceremony! Come and see some sad and disappointed horses!
But also come and see the true champions, the overcomers, the worshipers of the King, chosen, faithful and strong!
All glory to God!
In Jesus name,