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Another challenging read, but God has placed treasures within our reading today.
Chapter 3: 37-42 “Who can speak and have it happen if the Lord has not decreed it?Is it not from the mouth of the Most High that both calamities and good things come? Why should the living complain when punished for their sins? Let us examine our ways and test them, and let us return to the Lord. Let us lift up our hearts and our hands to God in heaven, and say: “We have sinned and rebelled and you have not forgiven.”
Let us examine our ways and return to The Lord. Jeremiah was written at least 500 years before Jesus Christ came, and yet the message is the same today as it was then…..examine our ways and return to The Lord. YES there is a major difference on this side of the Cross in that we are under the NEW Covenant, the UNCONDITIONAL covenant, and under God’s GRACE and NOT the law. However, our part on this side of the Cross is that we still must respond to God and TURN BACK to HIM by making HIM our Lord and Savior. God DOES KNOCK. HE does pursue us. BUT…the CHOICE is STILL ours to TURN BACK To HIM. We, like Judah, also have the choice to “examine our ways and return to The Lord….” right????
Jeremiah’s prophesies and expressions of lament due to the situation his nation was in were of course intended for Jerusalem who had now fallen into captivity and exile. However, read closely because his words are also intended for us TODAY…look around you at our nation and world economy, natural disasters happening in record numbers back to back with little to no recovery time, the global threat of war, the fastest growing religion is Islam (turning away from the one true GOD,), terrorism, Syria, Iran, Kenya, the state of health care in our country, starvation, young women being sold into slavery (all ages, all races, all sizes, all shapes), and the list could go on for pages. However, I’ll just stop here and say….listen to your local news, the national news, and the global news…..is our world now showing the birth pangs of a woman in labor (as the Bible talks about in the end times) preparing us for the second coming of The Lord? There really is no doubt that The Lord is speaking to us today.
I don’t say this to cause fear. God tells us MANY times in HIS Word…. “Fear NOT” and “Be anxious for NOTHING.” I share it because it is HIS Word and we all must do our part to be ready for the 2nd coming of the Messiah. Sometimes our part may be returning to The Lord. Sometimes it may be asking HIM to be Your Comforter, Savior, Redeemer, Lord, Refuge, Shepherd, and MORE….for the first time in your life. Sometimes our part may be to pray for REVIVAL in our nation, for our leaders, or be one of God’s prayer warriors for those who can’t find the words to pray for themselves….or for those who don’t know HIM yet. But as we live here in 2013…. we have a great responsibility to PRAY to HIM for everything HE places on our hearts. God LOVES to hear from HIS children.
As I read about Jeremiah remembering his people trying to kill him and throwing him in the cistern where he could have died. His world had caved in on him. He was sinking in the mud and could have drowned. Boy…have I felt the same way he described!! And, I bet you have felt that way as well. And just as Jeremiah called out to The Lord to save HIM….we can do the same.
In all the devastation,Jeremiah STILL turned to The Lord….. we end today’s reading with: “YOU, Lord, reign forever; your throne ENDURES from generation to generation…. RESTORE us to yourself Lord, that we may return; RENEW our days of old…”
On this side of the Cross….we have been restored and renewed because of Jesus Christ but we each must guard our hearts, read the Word, pray to our Abba Father, and enjoy a close relationship with HIM….every day….every moment. I praise God that because of Jesus Christ…. I am a new creation!! CLING to HIM and the treasures in HIS Word….I know I am.
Today we complete another Book of the Bible!!! AWWWWEEEESSSOMMMEEE!!!!!
Sharing HIS love,