A few days ago I read Jeremiah 47. Overall it’s a short prophecy against Philistia – nothing really exciting or what you might consider applicable to me in South Bend.
However, a theme from the last two verses (6-7; told you it was short) have stuck with me for these past few days. Look:
Now, O sword of the LORD, when will you be at rest again? Go back into your sheath; rest and be still. But how can it be still when the LORD has sent it on a mission? For the city of Ashkelon and the people living along the sea must be destroyed. Jeremiah 47:6-7 (NLT)
Do you see it? The response to the request to rest was, “How can it be still when the LORD has sent it on a mission?” That’s powerful!!! When God gives us a mission to do, how can we just sit back and rest before it is complete?
It reminds me of Nehemiah, when he was building the Jerusalem wall. (This is one of my two favorite parts of Nehemiah.) When his attackers asked him to come to a conference, Nehemiah said, “I am doing a great work and I cannot come down” (6:3).
I love that line! “God has given me a mission, and I’m not going to stop until it’s done.”
This is not to say that we should never rest. God commanded us to Sabbath (Hebrew: shabbat, “rest”). But He also commanded us to “make disciples of all the nations…in Jerusalem [local], and in all Judea and Samaria [national and cross-cultural], and even to the remotest part of the earth [international]” (Matthew 28:19; Acts 1:8).
We all have a mission from God. My immediate mission is to “equip the saints for the work of ministry, to the building up of the body of Christ” (Ephesians 4:12). This is done primarily through Oak Tree Community Church, Hope Rescue Mission of South Bend, this blog, and anything I write for teaching (books, papers, pamphlets, internet chats, etc.).
How can I be still when the LORD has sent me on a mission?