(Wedding of Anita and
Pierre - see photos below)
grandfather, mr Engelbrecht, was the man that led uncle Erlo to Jesus. He was a very
intelligent man, having studied in Germany for seven years, before coming to South Africa.
However during his ministry he realised something was missing and he thought by preaching
and working he would get what he was looking for. Eventually he was at his end and
physically sick. He heard of an evangelist in Pretoria whom many spoke evil of and he
decided to go and see him. But as he spoke to him of Greek and Hebrew, he realised that
the evangelist knew much less than himself. He was disappointed and thought that the man
won't be able to help him. The evangelist also realised that he was getting nowhere with
this theologian and he decided that they should pray. As they were on their knees,
suddenly mr Engelbrecht realised what was missing in his life, the Gospel was in his head
and not in his heart, and he opened his heart to Jesus and was transformed.
The doctor had told him to rest and not to preach for a couple of
months, but the following Sunday he was in the pulpit again, and the whole congregation
realised that something had happened in their pastor's life and that his life had been
This was the word God gave to Israel when they were in a very
difficult situation. They were in exile in Babylon. At the time Jeremiah gave this word
there were also other false prophets saying that it would go bad with them in exile. But
they were false prophets.
Jeremiah told them to be obedient and God would be with them and
give them a hope and a future in the foreign godless country. So they went into exile and
found it to be a godless nation. But God rose up mighty men of God like Daniel, Shadrach,
Meshach and Abednego. And they shook that nation through their lives and testimony and
God's Word spread through that nation through their testimony. Not that they didn't meet
up with difficulties, but as they remained faithful to God He delivered them and through
it glorified God.
We read in our text that God has thoughts about us. Why? We are so
insignificant, yet He thinks about you and me all the time because we are precious to Him.
He says, 'can a nursing mother forget her child? But even if she
could yet will I not forget you. You are engraved upon the palms of My hands!' (Is
49:15-16). You are engraved upon His hands, His side and His feet. He worked hard to save
you and me, but He did it. You were bought with a great price.
Never forget that and you will have a bright future. That's why
it's written that all things work together for the good of those that love Him (Rom 8:28).
There's nothing in this world so wonderful and marvelous as this
we have looked at. You needn't fear anything, or be anxious. We can enjoy life to the
One man with God is in the majority. Even if the whole world be
against you, you will overcome. And He will cover you with His wings (Ps 91:4). Let God be
more precious to you than anything else. Never turn your back on Him. That will be foolish