Monday, March 6
I had two major thoughts when reading Jeremiah today…
1) We are free to choose, but we are not free from the consequences of our choices.
2) Speaking a tough truth is hard to do!
God has rules for us to follow. In fact, He has an entire book of what rules we need to follow and examples of how to follow them. And yet here we are… still breaking the rules. And no one is forcing us to break them, it’s all on us! Jeremiah 25:7 says “But you did not listen to me,’ declares the LORD, ‘and you have aroused my anger with what your hands have made and you have brought harm to yourselves.”
We make choices every single day. Some are good, some are bad. But we have the freedom to choose how we will live our lives. What we do not have is freedom from the consequences of what we choose. Sinner or saint, Christian or not, at some point we will all have to stand before the throne and answer for our choices. God makes it clear, He explains exactly what will happen when we don’t follow His rules. Nothing is going to spare us from the wrath His cup will pour out (25:15) except for our own choices. I would much rather have God’s eyes watching over us and building us up (24:6), wouldn’t you?
Chapter 26 tells us about how Jeremiah prophesied the hard truth to the people of Judah. He told them that their city would become desolate and deserted (26:9). Obviously, they did not take that too kindly and ended up threatening his life! But Jeremiah did not back down from the truth he knew he was speaking. He opened himself up, he told them to do whatever they wanted to him but that it wouldn’t change his message (26:14-15)! Because of this, God protected him and they spared his life. Now let’s jump down to Uriah’s story. He preached the same message as Jeremiah did to the same people, yet his life was not spared in the end. The difference? Uriah fled when they threatened him. He was afraid of what people were going to do to him. He lacked the same faith and trust in God’s protection that Jeremiah had, and he suffered because of it. So, how can this apply to your life? Speak truth and don’t back down. God’s got your back, even when it seems like you’re on your own against an angry city!
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