But I will deliver thee in that day, saith the Lord: and thou shalt not be given into the hand of the men of whom thou art afraid. For I will surely deliver thee, and thou shalt not fall by the sword, but thy life shall be for a prey unto thee: because thou hast put thy trust in me, saith the Lord. Jeremiah 39:17-18 KJV
How do you conquer fear when you have to admit you are already good and scared?
How do you master your emotions when you want to “walk by faith,” but what you see seems as big as a mountain standing in your way, and your knees are knocking together with every beat of your racing heart?
Where do you go to find what you need to get the victory over yourself?
It’s taken me many years to learn the crucial steps to my heart’s victory-two-step.
Trying vs. Trusting
I used to try and try with little success.
Then, one day I was digging into a particular psalm looking for the exact meaning to the Hebrew words I was reading, and a light came on!
God wanted me to stop trying so hard.
Instead, He wanted me to simply REST in His love, and wait in quiet trust, for His promised deliverance.
To my logical mind in my situation, this did not make a whole lot of sense.
That’s when God whispered something so simple, it became the KEY to my breakthrough…
Sweet and Sure
In his devotional Faith’s Checkbook, you will find a beautiful devotion called, Implicit Trust by Charles Spurgeon.
In it he uses our verse from Jeremiah 39 to encourage us with the following:
Behold the protecting power of trust in God. The great men of Jerusalem fell by the sword, but poor Ebed-Melech was secure, for his confidence was in Jehovah. Where else should a man trust but in his Maker? No one ever did trust in the Lord in vain, and no one ever shall.
“I will surely deliver you.” Mark the divine surely. Under His sacred wing there is safety, even when every danger is abroad. Can we accept this promise as sure? Then in our present emergency we shall find that it stands fast. We hope to be delivered because we have friends, or because we are prudent, or because we can see hopeful signs; but none of these things are one-half so good as God’s simple “because you have put your trust in Me.” Try this way and you will keep to it all your life. It is as sweet as it is sure.
Pay special attention!
Someone told me long ago, “Pay attention when God repeats Himself.”
Well, I went back to my “digging” with our verse in Jeremiah 39, and was delighted to find a beautiful gold nugget!
Our “surely” in this verse, is based on the fact that the Hebrew word for “delivered” used here, is the Hebrew word malat, but what the text actually says is: malat malat. God repeats Himself.
In other words, here is a verse that you can plant both feet upon. Meaning, God will not only deliver you, He will surely deliver you!
Is it not a good place also for your heart to rest?