Scripture: Jeremiah 19.
(What is God saying here?)
Jeremiah 19:14-15 (NLT)
14 Then Jeremiah returned from Topheth, the garbage dump where he had delivered this message, and he stopped in front of the Temple of the LORD. He said to the people there,
15 “This is what the LORD of Heaven’s Armies, the God of Israel, says: ‘I will bring disaster upon this city and its surrounding towns as I promised, because you have stubbornly refused to listen to me.'”
(How Can I apply what God is saying here to my circumstances today?)
Over the last few chapters God, through the prophet Jeremiah, tried in every way imaginable to reach the hearts of the people of Judah and Jerusalem. As I read towards the end of chapter 19 I could see where God was really losing His temper and about to bring terrible destruction on them. In chapter 18 God used the example of the potter and the clay. I have tried before to make something, and after making such a mess of it, I found it easier to scrap the whole project and start over. God used this same example to help show His people that He may have to resort to such measures with them. In the verses above I underlined and bolded a sentence that really caught my attention for you see, Jeremiah was outside the church giving this message to church members and attenders. We often hear these type challenges from our pastors, and most of us pass the challenge to the person beside, behind or in front of us as we quickly claim our saintly pious position of righteousness. Are we really in that position? The Psalmist pleaded with God, as we should, “Search me oh God, and know my heart today”. If we’re not careful God will have another messenger outside our church doors to once again remind us of our sinful position and how our hypocrisy could affect the way that He reacts to us as a nation.
(With God’s help, what am I going to do differently today because He said it?)
Lord, please see if there be any wicked way, or sin in my life that would separate me from Your perfect will. Please guide me in the way of righteousness today and help me to be the image of You in all that I do or say. Please touch my brothers and sisters that may read this today and help us that we can openly receive Your Word as it is intended for us personally, and not try to do Your job of passing the message on to the person next to us. Thank You for loving us enough to discipline us and show us Your perfect will for our lives. Please help us that through our example today we could pass this blessing on to others that need to know You in a personal and intimate way.
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