OUR FATHER WHO RESTORES US FOR HIS PURPOSES
Jeremiah chapter 15 verses 10 - 12 says this;
Alas, my mother, that you gave me birth, a man with whom the whole land strives and contends!
I have neither lent nor borrowed, yet everyone curses me.
The Lord said, “Surely I will deliver you for a good purpose; surely I will make your enemies plead with you in times of disaster and times of distress.
“Can a man break iron—iron from the north—or bronze?
This passage captures a conversation between Jeremiah the prophet and the Lord.
Jeremiah tells the Lord that he regretted being born because the whole land was against him and even though he was not financially entangled with anyone, he was cursed by everyone.
The lord responds to Jeremiah by saying that he would deliver him from his enemies for a good purpose; a time of disaster and distress would come and his enemies would be forced to plead with him.
The Lord asks Jeremiah, can a man break iron from the north? Or Bronze? The question is asking whether men can successfully contend with a person who is protected and fortified by God.
Even though Jeremiah was among people who sinned, the word of the Lord came to him in Jeremiah chapter 15 verse 19;
Therefore this is what the Lord says: “If you repent, I will restore you that you may serve me; if you utter worthy, not worthless, words, you will be my spokesman. Let this people turn to you, but you must not turn to them.
Bless the Lord who restores us when we repent of our sins so that he can use us for his purposes. We must reflect the Lord and not the people to whom he has sent us.