A Lesson from Jeremiah about Racing Against Horses
By: Susan Deborah Schiller
To love God with all our heart, soul, mind, and strength during the normal times is a good thing. To love him with the same passion (or more) when it seems the whole world stands opposed to you, is a whole different level of passion.
There's a "giving it all" level of faith that Jeremiah and David have bequeathed to me, through their ancient writing. They are heart scribes, and I can relate to the questions and prayers that bare their souls.
Jeremiah saw all the evil going on behind closed doors in the temple, among the faith leaders, and in government. He saw the upcoming consequences, even though at the time it seemed God was silent and aloof. But Jeremiah saw ahead; he knew what was coming… times of starvation, death, and defeat. He was having a little pity party when God interjected with a question:
"If you have run with footmen and they have tired you out, then how can you compete with horses? If you fall down in a land of peace, how will you do in the thicket of the Jordan?
'For even your brothers and the household of your father, even they have dealt treacherously with you, even they have cried aloud after you. Do not believe them, although they may say nice things to you.'… — Jeremiah 12:5-6
Would you have wanted to hang around someone like Jeremiah? No one likes someone who's rocking the boat. Most of us don't like bad news, especially if there's so much good happening around you that you can easily let it fall to the back of your mind, or better yet, bury it.
Jeremiah exposed the sociopaths in government and in church. His objective was to save lives… knowing that if only the good people would WAKE UP and TURN THE TIDE OF EVIL (because light always trumps darkness), his country could avoid death, starvation, and enormous dire consequences.
Most of the prophets lived lives of intrigue, danger, and much opposition, not just Jeremiah. David was another one.
David – the man God claimed was "a man after His own heart" – made the very same complaints as Jeremiah, who asked God, "Why are the wicked so prosperous? Why are evil people so happy? You have planted them, and they have taken root and prospered. Your name is on their lips, but in their hearts they give you no credit at all… (Jeremiah 12, NLT).
David, who was being chased by a sociopathic leader intent on murdering him, sensed God's reply, in Psalm 73, NLT: "Their present life is only a dream that is gone when they awake. When you arise, O Lord, you will make them vanish from this life… Whom have I in heaven but you? I desire you more than anything on earth. My health may fail, and my spirit may grow weak, but God remains the strength of my heart; he is mine forever…."
Psalm 73 has been one of my favorite psalms for many years. And then there's Micah, too, who helped me to formulate a "manifesto" – a short declaration – that has helped me to keep racing, even against the horses – to keep going, beyond my own ability to endure.
It's a prayer penned by Micah for those of us surrounded by sociopaths diguised as "good people" – even Christian leaders and spouses, who only want us dead because we see behind the churchy disguise.
"As for me, I look to the Lord for his help. I wait confidently for God to save me, and my God will certainly hear me. Do not gloat over me, my enemies! For though I fall, I will rise again. Though I sit in darkness, the LORD himself will be my light. I will be patient as the LORD punishes me, for I have sinned against him. But after that, he will take up my case and punish my enemies for all the evil they have done to me. The LORD will bring me out of my darkness into the light, and I will see his righteousness. Then my enemies willl see that the LORD is on my side. They will be ashamed that they taunted me, saying, 'Where is the LORD – that God of yours?' With my own eyes I will see them trampled down like mud in the streets." – Micah 7 NLT.
Micah's prayer comes right after his admonition: "Don't trust anyone – not your best friend or even your wife! … Your enemies will be right in your own household".
We are not to think the same way most people think.
Isaiah (in chapter 8) said, "The LORD has said to me in the strongest terms: 'Do not think like everyone else does. Do not be afraid that some plan conceived behind closed doors will be the end of you. Do not fear anything except the LORD Almighty. He alone is the Holy One. If you fear him, you need fear nothing else. He will keep you safe. But to Israel and Judah he will be a stone that causes people to stumble and a rock that makes them fall."
And here's what I really love… and what REALLY WORKS!
Isaiah (still in chapter 8) says: "I will write down all these things as testimony of what the LORD will do. I will entrust it to my disciples, who will pass it down to future generations. I will wait for the LORD to help us… my only hope is in him…."
As survivor's of sociopathic abuse, we are racing against horses – forces far stronger than we are in our natural resources. We often don't have help because the good people around us are oblivious to the real danger we're in.
What I do know, beyond a shadow of a doubt – from personal experience, and the experiences of others – is that doing what Isaiah teaches really works. We WRITE DOWN our declarations and prayers, based on God's character and nature… and we pray those until they come to pass, even if it means passing it down to our children and their children, if we should die before the prayers are answered.
from Graham Cooke I've learned there are only two questions that really matter:
- Who is God?
- Who am I, in the light of the answer to the first question?
The first answer uncovers your true identity in being One with God, as Jesus prayed in John 17; and the second reveals your inheritance. Everything else, including your destiny, unfolds in the light of those two answers. So I write it down… and I decree it… until it happens.
Have you ever written your prayers and declarations, based on God's nature? I'll be share more on this as we go along – thanks so much for being with me today. I really appreciate you!
With all my love,
Susan Schiller knows how it feels to lose everything: marriage and family, church and reputation, finances and businesses, and more. Susan's upcoming, interactive memoir, "On the Way Home," tells the story of how she came to be known as "the most abused woman" her counselors had yet met and how she is learning to navigate to freedom and fullness.
Today Susan helps people write their life stories, unearthing the treasures of their past and sowing them into their future, creating new family legacies.
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