Show Up, Lord
Ah Lord GOD! . . . Nothing is too difficult for You. JEREMIAH 32:17
How many times have you prayed for God to "show up"—that He would reveal His purpose and power and presence in an unmistakable way?
Some people might say, "Aw, that's just the way Christians talk. No one really expects God to ‘show up' or do anything." Well, it's not just talk if God can actually do it. Look at the context for today's verse:
Ah Lord GOD! Behold, You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and by Your outstretched arm! Nothing is too difficult for You, who shows lovingkindness to thousands, but repays the iniquity of fathers into the bosom of their children after them, O great and mighty God. The LORD of hosts is His name; great in counsel and mighty in deed, whose eyes are open to all the ways of the sons of men, giving to everyone according to his ways and according to the fruit of his deeds (Jeremiah 32:17-19).
This passage tells me that God can break through the most desperate situations in your lives and transform them into trophies of His grace. He can intervene in the lives of your friends and family members—even those who are running hard from Him right now—and turn their whole world around.
Sometimes we grow weary of praying for God to act. When an answer to prayer doesn't immediately come, we can become impatient. We're tempted to quit after a while. But never misjudge God's silence as inactivity. He is working and waiting for the right time to show up, to leave no doubt that He's the One who makes all the difference (see also Isaiah 64:4).
Persevere in prayer.
In what areas do you need God to intervene in your life? Who in your family needs God to show up?
Pray for God to show up in your life and in the lives of the people you're praying for—that He would make His presence real in your lives.