DATE WRITTEN: Thursday, 2020-08-13
WRITTEN AT: Okeechobee, FL
BIBLE REFERENCE: Jeremiah 14:7, 9b
TRANSLATION: Easy-to-Read Version (ERV)
BIBLE TEXT: 7 “We know that this is our fault.
We are now suffering because of our sins.
Lord, do something to help us for the good of your name.
We admit that we have left you many times.
We have sinned against you.
9 ….. Lord, you are with us.
We are called by your name, so don’t leave us without help!”
OBSERVATION: I wonder, would it make a difference in our behavior if we were called something like Christian Ed, or Christ Child Ed, rather than hiding behind a simple ‘worldly’ name like Ed? Would such a change cause us to reflect more often on whose we are, and make us more determined to accurately reflect the One in whom we have placed our faith and trust? Jeremiah felt like his people had failed at this, and therefore prayed that God would heal his land for His own name sake, even though His people were so unworthy. Are we in similar form yet again today? How would you refer to ‘your land’ before a holy and righteous God?
APPLICATION: Given the fact that in our current times we have benefited from the Bible, and all the direction given in it through God’s commands and His Son’s example while here on earth, wouldn’t one tend to think that we would do a superior job at representing Jesus Christ than any of our ancestors managed to do? Does it frustrate you when you see Christians acting and speaking contrary to the Word of God? What if you, like Jeremiah, had been crying and praying for your family; your church; and your friends to simply live out what they were taught through the Bible and through sermons at church? Would you become extremely frustrated and reach a stage where you are about to throw in the towel when you witness their total disregard? Jeremiah was really burdened for his people who was delivered safely into the Promised Land by God, yet they continued their worship of false gods and ignored the God who rescued them from Egypt, delivered them through the Wilderness into a beautiful land filled with milk and honey. He mourned over their condition, because instead of endless worship to the God who saves, they ran from Him and instead chose to build and worship idols. Jeremiah was so troubled that he often cried over the situation. Oh that we would be burdened for our lost world as Jeremiah was. But I believe that while we may be heavily burdened over the concern for our world, and our people, our souls are refreshed when we read the words of Jeremiah in verse 9, where he reminds God that while he and his people had messed up, yet he pleaded for God to intervene for a people who were called by His name. In our current environment, whenever we hear of a preacher, pastor, priest, elder, deacon or any church official, falling into condemnation because of sin, it not only looks bad on them and their associated church, but many lose hope in the God with whom these leaders claimed that they served. Jeremiah pleaded for God to intervene for a people who were called by His name, so that His name may remain reputable and known as Truth, Hope and Love to a lost world. You see, whether we succeed in our reputation to represent God, or whether we fail miserably, God is still above all, and He never fails. That’s why it is so important that we lift up the name of Jesus in all aspects of our ministry, and allow self to diminish behind the scenes. For although we may fail at one time or another, we. Can rest assured that our God never fails to do all that He has promised. Precious ones, live to look like, and sound like, the One that you represent. Allow the world to see how great God is, not how badly you tend to fail in meeting their expectations.
PRAYER: Oh Lord my God, when I in awesome wonder, consider all Your hands have made and all that You stand for, who am I that I should even be called by Your name? It’s all about You God, so please humble me to simply teach Your Word and live a life that exemplifies You in every way. The world needs You, and they need to see You active in the lives of those who represent You. I pray that my readers and I will never be a stumbling block in the path of one looking for the Savior. I pray instead that we may be awesome examples of You to a lost world, so that they may witness the God we love, in action in every aspect of Our lives. Be glorified today among Your people oh God, and even through those who represent You, for this is my humble plea, in the name of Jesus Christ, my Lord and Savior. AMEN!
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