Jeremiah 51:46 Do Not Fear Rumors

Do not lose heart or be afraid when rumors are heard in the land; one rumor comes this year, another the next, rumors of violence in the land and of ruler against ruler. Jeremiah 51:46

While the Israelites were in Babylon under captivity, God told them that there was coming a day when He would destroy Babylon and they would be set free. During that time He gave warning that there would be many different rumors. Rumors that would strike fear in the hearts of many people, however, they were not to be afraid at all.

Thousands of years later, rumors are something that still runs rampant in this world. With the speed of information at lightning fast, rumors spread even easier. News sources are not always to be fully trusted as to telling what is really happening. Many times the news is slanted to push an agenda. Facebook is filled with stories of pictures and articles of things happening, many of which may not be true.

One area that rumors run heavy on is of war and destruction. Fear of attacks from terrorists are constantly in the news. Fear of foreigners runs high, because of terrorism.

As you hear all these rumors, you must keep in mind that God is in control. God knows exactly what is happening at the moment. It may be God is using an enemy to strike a nation, in order to get their eyes back on Him.

As a believer, everything that occurs is for a purpose. It is the purpose to get your eyes back on God, or to build you up stronger in the Lord. When rumors of war, destruction, death, economic collapse, or anything else occurs, turn to God and seek Him. Seek God’s protection in and through it all.

Some of those rumors may never occur, while others will happen. Either way, God is not surprised or worried. If He is not surprised or worried, then neither should you be.

Do not think, that because of all these rumors, God is not in control or does not care. He does. There will come a day when either you will be called home to heaven, or Jesus will return and take you home to heaven. Rumors will never change that fact.

I pray today that God will calm your heart in fearful times; that you will know that God is in control; that you will not fear any rumors or news that you hear; and that your complete trust will be in God.

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Jeremiah 50:11-12 Wrong Time To Rejoice

Because you rejoice and are glad, you who pillage my inheritance, because you frolic like a heifer threshing grain and neigh like stallions, your mother will be greatly ashamed; she who gave you birth will be disgraced. She will be the least of the nations–a wilderness, a dry land, a desert. Jeremiah 50:11-12

God had used Babylon to punish Israel for the sin of following false gods. In the process of punishing Israel, Babylon rejoiced and was glad at what they were doing. They took great joy in punishing Israel. Since they chose to rejoice in striking Israel, God said they would be disgraced as a nation.

When someone does something wrong, people like to see justice done. The more public the wrong was or the more damaging the wrong was, the more justice that people want to see happen. People love to see the hammer thrown down on the person who has committed a great crime. They rejoice to see it happen.

This type of rejoicing also occurs inside the church. When a person has fallen into some great sin, people cry out for justice and rejoice when it happens. People are quick express their joy at the destruction of someone who has done wrong.

God weeps when there has to be punishment. He does not want to have to punish any person. He only does it because that is what is necessary.

Think about being a parent. Very few parents rejoice at having to punish their child for doing something wrong. It breaks their heart to have to punish at all. In the same way, when punishment has to occur on someone, do not rejoice.

God has infinite love for every person. When punishment occurs, it breaks His heart. Your heart should break in the same way. The person being punished is only having it happen because of some bad choices. You have made bad choices in your own life. Would you want people to rejoice at your punishment?

Jesus came to this world out of love for all. He came to save them, not punish and rejoice over the death of people. Punishment is done as a need, not as a joy.

Seek to redeem people, rather than just punish. Love those who have done wrong and point them in the right direction. Do not just crush them and then rejoice.

I pray today that you will know God’s love for people; that your heart will break as God’s does for the fallen; that you will seek to redeem the lost for God; and that God will use you to restore people to Him. 

Jeremiah 44:8-9 Remembering A Bad Past

Why arouse my anger with what your hands have made, burning incense to other gods in Egypt, where you have come to live? You will destroy yourselves and make yourselves a curse and an object of reproach among all the nations on earth. Have you forgotten the wickedness committed by your ancestors and by the kings and queens of Judah and the wickedness committed by you and your wives in the land of Judah and the streets of Jerusalem? Jeremiah 44:8-9

While in captivity in Babylon, many of the Israelites continued to worship false gods, the very thing that brought them into captivity. God asks them if they remember what their ancestors had done and what it caused. The cost of worshipping these others gods would be that they would become a curse among the nations of the world.

People like to be able to do what they want to do, when they want to do it and how they want to do it. They often refuse to look back at history and see the results of doing things the way that they want to do them. Living in certain lifestyles has shown, over and over, that it will bring about disaster or trouble for a nation. It will lead to the downfall of a great nation.

There are nations today that are crumbling because they had chosen to walk away from God. Families are falling apart because they chose to walk away from God, regardless of their past.

Mistakes that were done in the past by others will be repeated by more people if no lesson is learned. If your family has walked away from God, and you do not learn the consequence of that action, you will repeat it.

Learn the history of people who followed God and who did not. What happened to those people? Let them be examples of how to live your life. Read the Bible and see what happened to Israel when the people chose not to follow God.

God works in the same way today. He will not allow sin to go unpunished if it is not repented of. Do not live in sin. Remembering the past of what was right and what was wrong will keep you focused on what to do. Jesus paid for you sins, now live for Him.

I pray today that you will follow God with all of your life; that you will remember the cost of living in sin; that you will see the results of walking away from God in the lives of others and not make the same mistake; and that you will grow closer to God each day.

Jeremiah 42:6 Favorable Or Unfavorable Message

“Whether it is favorable or unfavorable, we will obey the LORD our God, to whom we are sending you, so that it will go well with us, for we will obey the LORD our God.” Jeremiah 42:6

Once Israel was in exile in Babylon, some of the people came to Jeremiah to find out what God wanted. They asked Jeremiah to inquire of God what His desire was. They then stated that regardless if the message was favorable or unfavorable, they would obey Him. Many realized that they were in exile because they had not obeyed God, and now they needed to obey. It would not matter if the message was one of pain or not.

God’s message to them was that the Israelites had to choose to obey and serve the king of Babylon. It was not up for option. The message was one of humility, because they were the chosen nation, who were supposed to be the leaders, not the followers. 

Getting news from someone is not always what a person really wants to hear. People go to the doctor about some pain that they are feeling, hoping the doctor can cure them. There are times that the doctor can give the favorable news that it is something minor and easily fixed. Other times the news might be that it is unfavorable saying that the person must change his way of living in a major way, giving up a lot of what the person had enjoyed, just to stay healthy. Either way, the person must obey the doctor in order to be cured.

God works in the same way as the doctor. There will be many times when you have to go to God for some guidance in your life. As you present your situation to God, He will give you His answer. That answer may be easy to follow, or it may mean major changes in your life.

When God speaks into your life, you must be willing to follow His word. It does not matter if it looks favorable or unfavorable, it is what is best for your life. God will never hand you anything that is not for your benefit in the long run.

Are you willing to obey God, even when it does not look or sound good?

I pray today that you will know God’s word for your life; that you will obey God no matter what He tells you to do; that you will listen for when God speaks; and that you will live your life for God.

 

 

Jeremiah 39:17-18 You Will Be Saved

But I will rescue you on that day, declares the LORD; you will not be given into the hands of those you fear. I will save you; you will not fall by the sword but will escape with your life, because you trust in me, declares the LORD.” Jeremiah 39:17-18

As the Babylonians began to overtake the city of Jerusalem, the king of Babylon gave orders to protect Jeremiah. Jeremiah was allowed to stay in the courtyard of the guards, under their protection. While there, God gave him a word to a Cushite man. This Cushite man had chosen to trust in God, so God chose to protect him and save his life.

There are times when God allows a major disaster to strike an area. In the process of that disaster there are many that are injured or even killed.  The ones that are injured or killed are those who are believers and those who are non-believers. There are also many who are not injured or killed because God chose to have mercy on them.

In the Old Testament, the people did not have the assurance of life after death, as a believer does today. For those who are believers, one thing that stands true, regardless of the physical outcome of the situation, is that they will have life in the end.

God has promised a day will come in which He will judge every person on this earth. He will also completely destroy the earth. For most people, that is a day to be feared. However, those who are believers in Jesus do not need to have any fear. Their trust is in God.

Believing in what Jesus had done for you, means you trust God has forgiven you of all your sins. You do not need to be afraid of the judgment that will come. In reality, you do not need to be afraid of any destruction that comes your way. You have the assurance of eternal life, because you trust God.

As each day goes by, there will be times that you may face terrible things, but you can rest assured that you will live. You may not live on this earth much longer, but you will live for eternity with God in heaven. Trust that God will take care of you and keep you alive in Christ Jesus.

I pray today that you will know God’s peace in your life; that you will know God’s promises to you; that you will know that Jesus will save you in the end; and that you will live for eternity with God someday. 

Jeremiah 38:2 An Insane Sounding Plan

“This is what the LORD says: ‘Whoever stays in this city will die by the sword, famine or plague, but whoever goes over to the Babylonians will live. They will escape with their lives; they will live.’ Jeremiah 38:2

God had a plan to use the Babylonians to destroy Jerusalem and Judah and bring all the people into captivity. The people had a choice to make. The choice was to either fight against the Babylonians and not go with them, or to surrender to the Babylonians and go with them. God said that those who refused to go would die in some manner. Everyone who went with the Babylonians would live.

Looking at the plan God had for the people it looked insane. Why would God want His people to surrender to the enemy?

The Israelites had chosen for a time to reject God and not follow Him. Going into exile in Babylon was a punishment meant to get them to focus back on Him. In the process of this plan God had their best interest in mind. Living for self or sin would only bring death, living for and following God would bring about life.

There are times in life when God has a plan for a person’s life that looks insane. It does not allows appear to make sense in why God has the person walking down a certain road, yet He does.

Walking into persecution, prison, punishment, pain, or suffering does not appear to be the best thing for a person…according to man. God sees a bigger picture. He sees the end results and the value of everything that occurs in a person’s life.

Going through these situations will be a very difficult choice to make. You need to trust God’s decision and see what God wants you to learn through the situation. The reasons for going through the situation may be one of many different reasons. Know that God has you going through it, if for nothing else, to make you more like Jesus.

The world gives you a path that appears to lead to life, but will only end in death, staying in the city. God will only give you a path that appears to lead to death, but will lead you to life.

One appears sane, but brings death. One appears insane, but brings life. Which will you follow?

I pray today that you will know the plan God has for your life; that you will trust God’s plan for your life; that you will know the life God has for you; and that you will follow God with all of your life.

Jeremiah 36:23-24 No Fear Or Remorse

Whenever Jehudi had read three or four columns of the scroll, the king cut them off with a scribe’s knife and threw them into the firepot, until the entire scroll was burned in the fire. The king and all his attendants who heard all these words showed no fear, nor did they tear their clothes. Jeremiah 36:23-24

Jehoiakim was the king of Judah and had been leading the people into sin against God. Through Jeremiah, God had been telling the people that destruction was coming because of their actions. Some of the people heard the words and believed them. When it was reported to the king what was being said, he requested the scroll be brought and read to him.

As the scroll was read, he would tear out section by section and burn it in the fire. When the entire scroll was read it was destroyed and there was no fear of God in what was said, nor did they turn and repent of their sins.

Very few people today would purposely burn the Bible if they were given one, even though even fewer would take time to read any of it. There are many people who go to church each week and hear the words of God read from the Bible. Instead of burning the Bible, they ignore it. Most people ignore most of what the Bible says.

The world likes to pick out the verses that God loves them, all believers are to forgive, and that there will be peace and happiness some day. When it comes to the verses talking about turning away from sin and coming judgment, most people ignore them.

Ignoring God’s word is no different than the king burning the scroll. It is actually better for one to burn the bible than to ignore it. Burning it, shows one has no fear of it or remorse for sins. Ignoring it gives the appearance of accepting it, while the heart is far from God.

Think about when you hear or read parts of the Bible. What are your thoughts on what you hear or read? Do you strive to apply those words to your life?

Do you respect and honor God’s word or do you ignore it and go on with your life?

Do not burn God’s word today, they are words of life, abundant, eternal life.

I pray today that you will find life in God’s word; that you will desire to know God’s word; that you will apply His word to your life; and that you will not ignore what God has to say to you.