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As Strong As Iron - Our Daily Bread Devotional, 19th August 2022

As Strong As Iron - Our Daily Bread Devotional, 19th August 2022

As Strong As Iron - Our Daily Bread Devotional, 19th August 2022





As Strong as Iron


Bible in a Year:
Psalms 103–104
1 Corinthians 2




Today I have made you a fortified city, an iron pillar and a bronze wall.
Jeremiah 1:18


Today's Scripture & Insight:
Jeremiah 1:14–19


Ironclad beetles are known for their tough exterior which protects them from predators. One special variety, however, has extraordinary strength under pressure. The insect’s hard, outer shell stretches, rather than cracks, where it joins together. Its flat back and low profile also help it to resist fractures. Scientific tests show that it can survive a compression force of nearly forty thousand times its body weight.

Just as God made this bug extra tough, He gave resilience to Jeremiah as well. The prophet would face intense pressure when he delivered unwelcome messages to Israel, so God promised to make him “an iron pillar and a bronze wall” (Jeremiah 1:18). The prophet wouldn’t be flattened, dismantled, or overwhelmed. His words would stand strong because of God’s presence and rescuing power.

Throughout his life, Jeremiah was falsely accused, arrested, tried, beaten, imprisoned, and tossed into a well—yet he survived. Jeremiah also persisted despite the weight of inner struggles. Doubt and grief plagued him. Constant rejection and the dread of a Babylonian invasion added to his mental stress.

God continually helped Jeremiah so that his spirit and testimony weren’t shattered. When we feel like giving up on the mission He’s given us, or backing away from living faith-filled lives, we can remember that Jeremiah’s God is our God. He can make us as strong as iron because His power is made perfect in our weakness (2 Corinthians 12:9).

By Jennifer Benson Schuldt







Reflect & Pray



Which circumstances are threatening to crush you? How do the examples of Bible characters inspire you to exhibit faith in God?

Dear God, please strengthen me to meet the challenges I face today.

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