The battle of Jericho is one of the most astounding miracles in the Bible, proving that God stood with the Israelites. It proves that I should not be terrified or discouraged as God is always with me. There is no wall or mountain too big for Him!
A promise is always most treasured when you are down and out. When you are at your lowest, you cannot imagine happiness. That is why we need to have a mental image that gives us hope. Israel had been in exile when Jeremiah gave this promise from God. So I imagine that their mental image is the land which was promised to them in Joshua 1 – where God promises to bring them back to their homeland.
God gave us a sign through the parable of the fig tree. When the twigs get tender and its leaves appear, we know that summer is near. When we see revival in Israel, we know the day when the Lord is coming for us is near. This promise gives us great hope and endurance, knowing that all these will come to pass. Heaven and earth will pass away, but His words will never pass away – His promises never fail.
Jesus suffered for our salvation. His response to Paul’s request to remove his suffering was His sufficient grace, displaying His power through weakness, like a promise of hope for Paul’s victory over darkness. A broken vase was chosen to depict a broken body – of Jesus and those who suffered – pouring out their lives in passion as a living sacrifice; bringing hope to others.