Jeremiah 8:7 Knowing What God Requires

Migrating birds

Even the stork in the sky knows her appointed seasons, and the dove, the swift and the thrush observe the time of their migration. But my people do not know the requirements of the Lord. Jeremiah 8:7 

Birds and animals are amazing creatures that follow God’s ways. They understand when they have to migrate to new areas or how to search for food or water. They do not have to be taught over and over again how to live their lives.

Their ability to do these things is something that God has built into them or He is guiding them in. All creation worships God and the animals are willing to obey God and do what He has required of them.

In this passage God points out that the birds know what to do and when, but His people do not know what He requires of them.

Specifically God is talking about the Israelites in this passage. They were His people whom He had called out of Egypt and made into a nation, yet, they would not follow Him or do what He required of Him. They continually lived in sin and followed false gods.

People today are not much different. There are many in the church who have professed a belief in Jesus, claiming to follow Him and to be a child of God. Yet, they continue to live in various sinful ways, refusing to change.

They appear to not know the ways of God, or are ignoring what God requires of them.

Everyone has faults or short-comings, but there is a difference in living in them and striving to overcome those faults. Many just give in and don’t really try to live as God requires.

Every believer must work at obeying all that God commands. He must get into God’s word and know what God requires of Him and then do it.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know what God wants of you; that God will give you strength to obey Him; and that you will honor God with all of your life. 

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