Jeremiah 33:14 ‘Behold, days are coming,’ declares the Lord, ‘when I will fulfill the good word which I have spoken concerning the house of Israel and the house of Judah. 15 In those days and at that time I will cause a righteous Branch of David to spring forth; and He shall execute justice and righteousness on the earth. “Mark my word: if you play with fire, you will get burned!”
“MARK MY WORD: if you drink and drive, you will end up in an accident or you will be arrested!” “MARK MY WORD: if you keep treating me badly, I will walk out on you!” “MARK MY WORD: if you play with fire, you will get burned!”
How many times have we blurted these phrases to our children, spouses or friends, We passionately say “MARK MY WORD” to warn, encourage or instruct them that what we are saying will surely happen in the future. Now, none of us can actually predict the future, but we say it based on our assessment of a situation and an absolute consequence of what will happen.
God, in Jeremiah 33:14, declares to MARK HIS WORD! He promised He will fulfill His Word concerning a Branch. This Branch will enter into the world and will judge righteously. The people of Israel expected a warrior who will rescue and redeem them from the clutches of their enemies. However, God had to first fulfill His promise that He will send a rescuer and a redeemer of our souls. Did God promise a Warrior that will obliterate His enemies? Yes! And that is in Christ’s Second Coming! The People of Israel wanted a redeemer to set up an earthly kingdom but God had bigger and better plans in mind..He sent the Branch to set up an eternal kingdom! God promised and He overdeveloped!
This reminds me that God can be trusted! What God says..God will do! So when God says He will never leave me nor forsake me (Heb. 13:5), I can trust Him! When God proclaims that He will hear my prayer and not withhold His love from me (Ps.66:20), I can rest in His Word! When He tells me He has a wonderful plan for my life (Jer. 29:11), I can get excited! When He tells me He’s provided for me to live a godly life (2 Pet. 1:3), I can learn to walk in that power and strength! When God tells me He will right the wrongs in my life (Jer. 33:15), I do not need to take revenge or manipulate my situation! As far as God is concerned…I can MARK HIS WORD! He will fulfill it if I am open and available!
God has so many good words in the Bible that He wants to fulfill in my life, but I can be my own worst enemy! I can block God’s Word from being fulfilled in my life if I have unconfessed sin. I can slam the breaks on God’s purpose for my life when I try to manipulate my situation to get what I want. I can live in defeat if I do not look to Him to meet my needs in His time and His way. I have a choice to live in all God promised for me or I can live in misery. It is a daily choice I have to make.
Lord, thank you that you can be trusted to fulfill Your Word in my life. Thank you that you desire to help me live in love, peace, joy, and contentment. Lord, please forgive me when I hinder Your Word from being fulfilled in my life. Please grant me Your wisdom and grace to know Your Word in my life and the strength and power to live it out! In Jesus Name I pray! Amen!