finished“I quit!”

Jeremiah heard those words no one would ever believe God would utter.

The ever-patient, always-loving, long-suffering, forever-faithful God says to His friend, Jeremiah, “I will not do this anymore. I’m done.”

How far do you have to push God before He gives up on you?

To hear Jeremiah record the words of God “I am through with you” is jarring, devastating and disconcerting.

To wear out the patience of God, to use up all His mercy and exhaust His forgiveness seems incomprehensible.

  • Can the One who says “I will never leave you” then abandon you?
  • Can the One who said “I inscribe you on the palm of my hand” then say “I never knew you”?

How do you exhaust he inexhaustible? How do you wear out the eternally patient One?

Israel seemed to do it. Jeremiah recorded the words from God’s own mouth!

Then there was the way Israel went down–hard, scattered, destroyed–losing their identity and home. It truly looked like God had shouted and decreed “Enough! I am through with you”.

But God never ends a sentence with the period of judgment. This was a comma, a pause, a crucible Selah moment.

Then God spoke the last Word: Jesus. That was His period at the end of the sentence.

Jesus demonstrated that though God may have to remove His favor and presence for a while because of our unrepentant hearts and unflagging sins and it may feel like he is through with us, the final word from God over our lives is never, “I quit”.

Instead, Jesus sums up the passion of the never-failing God when He releases the eternal heart-cry from the cross, “It is finished!”

And in that He proves the Father never fails, never forsakes, never forgets, never quits.

He finishes.

Forever the Omega and the Amen.

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