“Yet their Redeemer is strong; the Lord Almighty is his name. He will vigorously defend their cause so that he may bring rest to their land, but unrest to those who live in Babylon.” Jeremiah 50:34a (NIV)
There is so much in the Bible to give us encouragement as we live our lives and there is nothing that encourages us more than to be reminded what kind of God we have. The setting of this verse is from the perspective of those who were left to live in Jerusalem when all the rest were carried off in captivity to Babylon by Nebuchadnezzar. And though these words are about how God cared for His people in this time of the Old Testament, we can believe that these words also apply to the way God helps us who trust in Him these days. Yes, it is encouraging to know that our Redeemer is strong and that He is all-powerful. When we face problems in our lives and are unable to handle things by ourselves we learn that it is God who is able in every circumstance. When we trust him to do it, he will do it vigorously. That’s encouraging, isn’t it?