When we turn inward, to our own thinking, current abilities, with stuff accumulated over the years; we have a tendency, a temptation really, to turn from God and lean only to our own understanding, to our own devices thinking we can fix whatever comes along.  But we are wrong in this thinking. 

Jeremiah 46, The Message

You Vainly Collect Medicines

God’s Messages through the prophet Jeremiah regarding the godless nations.

2-5 The Message to Egypt and the army of Pharaoh Neco king of Egypt at the time it was defeated by Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon while camped at Carchemish on the Euphrates River in the fourth year of the reign of Jehoiakim king of Judah:

“‘Present arms!
    March to the front!
Harness the horses!
    Up in the saddles!
Battle formation! Helmets on,
    spears sharpened, armor in place!’
But what’s this I see?
    They’re scared out of their wits!
They break ranks and run for cover.
    Their soldiers panic.
They run this way and that,
    stampeding blindly.
It’s total chaos, total confusion, danger everywhere!”
    God’s Decree.

“The swiftest runners won’t get away,
    the strongest soldiers won’t escape.

In the north country, along the River Euphrates,
    they’ll stagger, stumble, and fall.

7-9 “Who is this like the Nile in flood?
    like its streams torrential?
Why, it’s Egypt like the Nile in flood,
    like its streams torrential,
Saying, ‘I’ll take over the world.
    I’ll wipe out cities and peoples.’

Run, horses!
    Roll, chariots!
Advance, soldiers
    from Cush and Put with your shields,
Soldiers from Lud,
    experts with bow and arrow.

10 “But it’s not your day. It’s the Master’s, me, God-of-the-Angel-Armies—
    the day when I have it out with my enemies,
The day when Sword puts an end to my enemies,
    when Sword exacts vengeance.
I, the Master, God-of-the-Angel-Armies,
    will pile them on an altar—a huge sacrifice!—
In the great north country,
    along the mighty Euphrates.

11-12 “Oh, virgin Daughter Egypt,
    climb into the mountains of Gilead, get healing balm.
You will vainly collect medicines,
    for nothing will be able to cure what ails you.
The whole world will hear your anguished cries.
    Your wails fill the earth,
As soldier falls against soldier
    and they all go down in a heap.”

Egypt’s Army Slithers Like a Snake

13 The Message that God gave to the prophet Jeremiah when Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon was on his way to attack Egypt:

14 “Tell Egypt, alert Migdol,
    post warnings in Noph and Tahpanhes:
‘Wake up! Be prepared!
    War’s coming!’

15-19 “Why will your bull-god Apis run off?
    Because God will drive him off.
Your ragtag army will fall to pieces.
    The word is passing through the ranks,
‘Let’s get out of here while we still can.
    Let’s head for home and save our skins.’
When they get home they’ll nickname Pharaoh

As sure as I am the living God”
    —the King’s Decree, God-of-the-Angel-Armies is his name—
“A conqueror is coming: like Tabor, singular among mountains;
    like Carmel, jutting up from the sea!
So pack your bags for exile,
    you coddled daughters of Egypt,
For Memphis will soon be nothing,
    a vacant lot grown over with weeds.

20-21 “Too bad, Egypt, a beautiful sleek heifer
    attacked by a horsefly from the north!
All her hired soldiers are stationed to defend her—
    like well-fed calves they are.
But when their lives are on the line, they’ll run off,
    cowards every one.
When the going gets tough,
    they’ll take the easy way out.

22-24 “Egypt will slither and hiss like a snake
    as the enemy army comes in force.
They will rush in, swinging axes
    like lumberjacks cutting down trees.
They’ll level the country”—God’s Decree—“nothing
    and no one standing for as far as you can see.
The invaders will be a swarm of locusts,
    innumerable, past counting.
Daughter Egypt will be ravished,
    raped by vandals from the north.”

25-26 God-of-the-Angel-Armies, the God of Israel, says, “Watch out when I visit doom on the god Amon of Thebes, Egypt and its gods and kings, Pharaoh and those who trust in him. I’ll turn them over to those who are out to kill them, to Nebuchadnezzar and his military. Egypt will be set back a thousand years. Eventually people will live there again.” God’s Decree.

* * *

27-28 “But you, dear Jacob my servant, you have nothing to fear.
    Israel, there’s no need to worry.

Look up! I’ll save you from that far country,
    I’ll get your children out of the land of exile.
Things are going to be normal again for Jacob,
    safe and secure, smooth sailing.
Yes, dear Jacob my servant, you have nothing to fear.
    Depend on it, I’m on your side.

I’ll finish off all the godless nations
    among which I’ve scattered you,
But I won’t finish you off.
    I have more work left to do on you.
I’ll punish you, but fairly.
    No, I’m not finished with you yet.”


No matter what new oil, balm, salve, food, drink comes along we cannot fix the problem of getting older.  No matter what the world invents as a resource to an easy life, troubles will still present themselves in ways we cannot “fix it”.  We are only human.  God is not.  With God all things are possible, all situations doable, all circumstances fixable with a way through them.  Remember the Red Sea march through the sea on dry land with the waters pulled back?  Yes, like that!  God uses the difficult things of life to train us.  The training lasts a lifetime.  We will never “arrive” until we see Him face to face. 

No, I’m not finished with you yet” are words of comfort and a challenge with a plan to save His people from the warring countries who have enslaved them because of their own sin of disobedience.  They turned their backs on God, worshipped every idol that came along, broke every commandment, fell for all the world around them had to offer, but yet God still loved and cared for His people.  Why?  Because He is God.  He had a plan to “fix it”, our sin problem, once and for all.  He wasn’t finished with His people who had became a small remnant of who they once were.  God used the generational line of the remnant to eventually bring real, forever Salvation to the world in the form of His Son, Jesus.

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”  John 3:16


So, we learn that there is nothing God won’t forgive in our lives.  All we must do is come to Him and ask and He will freely forgive AND forget our sin.  We also learn that difficult circumstance teach us and prepare us for His greater plan.  No, he is not finished with us yet…so we need to stop trying to “fix it.”  Give all of us to all of Him. 


Ask God for wisdom and He will give it in ways that will astound us!

“Cry out for wisdom, and beg [shout out loud] for understanding. Search [Seek] for it like silver, and hunt [search] for it like hidden treasure. Then you will understand – respect [fear; awe;] for the Lord, and you will find that you know God [the knowledge of God].  Proverbs 2:3-5 (Expanded Bible, with meaning of the words)

“If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.” James 1:5


“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.”        Proverbs 3:5-6

There is a war going on for our souls.  We are caught between heaven and hell with a choice to make.  Jesus has won the war but the evil one still draws us into skirmishes, trying to steal our allegiance from the One who saved us. This is our daily question:  Do we follow God or not?  Do we really believe what God says is really real?


You are certainly not finished with me yet!  I see you at work every day in my life.  You are all I need and I need you every hour of every day.  I’m yours. I believe.  Don’t ever stop working on me until I become all you created me to be.

In Jesus Name, For Your Glory, Amen

About randscallawayffm

Randy and Susan co founded Finding Focus Ministries in 2006. Their goal as former full time pastors, is to serve and provide spiritual encouragement and focus to those on the "front lines" of ministry. Extensive experience being on both sides of ministry, paid and volunteer, on the mission fields of other countries as well as the United States, helps them bring a different perspective to those who need it most. Need a lift? Call us 260 229 2276.
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1 Response to WE THINK WE CAN FIX IT

  1. The older I get and the further along in my walk with the Lord I am, I fully realize I can’t fix anything! I remember when I was in my 20’s and “knew” everything! The older I get, the less I know, except that Jesus is the answer!


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