Jeremiah 48:36 Weeping For The Lost

Weeping on steps

So my heart laments for Moab like the music of a pipe; it laments like a pipe for the people of Kir Hareseth. The wealth they acquired is gone. Jeremiah 48:36 

People and nations all around the world have had enemies that rise and fall over time. Sometimes the enemy is within their own group of people or nation, while other times they are outside of their group or nation. Some of these enemies are known worldwide, while others are known to just a few.

One common thing around the world is that when the enemy falls, the people rejoice. They are glad and excited to see when the enemy is getting crushed.

God tells Jeremiah of the judgements that will be coming upon various nations around Israel. Each one is going to be brought down and crushed under His judgement. As God talks about what will occur to Moab, His heart is crushed also. He weeps for Moab and their destruction.

Believers often act in the same way as the world does when it comes to an enemy’s downfall. They rejoice and are glad about it, especially when it is the death of the enemy.

Many people, both believers and non-believers, rejoiced when Saddam Hussein was killed. They were glad to see him dead.

This is not a heart after God’s heart. God does not rejoice in the death of an enemy. His heart is to see everyone believe in and follow Jesus. He wants an eternal relationship with every person. God actually rejoices in the death of a believer because it means that person is now with Him for eternity.

Every believer should weep over the death of an enemy, because that person who died no longer has a chance to believe in Jesus. It should be the heart of believers to see everyone be saved, as was Jesus’ purpose on this earth.

Take a look at how your heart measures up against God’s heart. How do you feel when you hear news of a dreaded enemy that has died, whether by natural causes or by a killing?

Does your heart break over the lost chance to become a believer? Or does your heart rejoice at the judgement upon an enemy?

Do not forget that you were a mortal enemy of God’s at one time. It is by grace that you are saved. Have grace upon your enemies and weep for them.

I pray today that you will know the love God has for all people; that you will have a heart after God’s heart; that you will weep as God does for the lost; and that you will be God’s witness to everyone you meet.

Jeremiah 44:6 God’s Patience Will End

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Therefore, my fierce anger was poured out; it raged against the towns of Judah and the streets of Jerusalem and made them the desolate ruins they are today. Jeremiah 44:6 

Warnings against things are found everywhere. In most cases there are no punishments connected with the warnings. It is just that a person may incur some serious injury or death if the warnings are not heeded. With other warnings, however, there is a consequence if they are not heeded.

Often warnings are not heeded, because there is no direct, immediate consequence of any significance. People feel as though they are safe to continue doing what they are doing.

God had sent many prophets to warn the Israelites on how to live and what not to do. Yet, the people refused to listen and continued to live in sin. As a result God destroyed Jerusalem as punishment.

Even though the church is under grace, there are still warnings against living in sin. Jesus had told different people to go and sin no more, to leave their life of sin.

That message has never changed. Yet, there are many in the church who feel as if they are free to live as they want, in sin. They, as the Israelites, refuse to listen and obey the word being spoken to them and continue to live in sin and worshipping false gods.

Many who live like this hide behind God’s grace, saying that He is merciful and understands. God does not understand sin or sinning. He is against it and gives each person the ability to turn away from all sin. It is just many do not take that way of escape from sin.

Grace is not a license to sin more, but gives strength and reason to not sin.

You may or may not ever completely overcome the temptation to sin, but you must strive for it. Turn your focus upon God and what He wants of you.

As you study the bible, take notice of all the warnings God gives from beginning to end. Heed those warnings as you live for God. Do not allow yourself to be fooled into worshipping false gods in your life. Get rid of the false gods and live for God alone.

When you heed God’s warnings in your life, you will begin to live more for Him and more like Jesus. If you ignore the warnings, you may end up desolate and destroyed as Jerusalem was.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will heed all of God’s warnings in your life; that you will lean on God to turn from all sin and false gods;  and that you will allow God’s word to guide your life. 

Jeremiah 36:3 Hearing Of Coming Disaster

Crumbling ice

Perhaps when the people of Judah hear about every disaster I plan to inflict on them, they will each turn from their wicked ways; then I will forgive their wickedness and their sin. Jeremiah 36:3 

There are times when warnings of coming disaster are declared. Some people completely ignore the warnings and keep going forward as though nothing is going to happen. Others heed those warnings and change accordingly. In the end some will regret their choices and others will be glad for their choices.

The nation of Judah had been living in sin and God was warning them of coming judgement against them. He sends Jeremiah to tell them of the disaster He will bring upon them because of their sin. God hopes that they will change their hearts and repent of their sin when they hear of the coming destruction.

Most people do not like to hear about coming judgement or disaster. They want to hear about good news, that things will get better or continue to be great. They want to hear about prosperity and love and peace, not disaster and destruction.

This type of thinking has also crept into the church. People only want to hear about love and forgiveness, not judgement. However, God does and will judge sin. Those who purposefully live in sinful ways will be judged some day.

There is coming a day when Jesus will return to judge everyone. Some may live to see that day, others will die sooner and see that judgement come sooner.

The one who is repenting of his sins and striving to live for God will not see that judgement hit him. Those who refuse to repent and turn from sin will only see the wrath of God and His judgement upon them.

People in the church and those in the world need to hear this message. But also need to hear that God is ready to forgive them and save them from the coming destruction of eternal death and punishment.

God is willing to forgive you as you turn to Him and turn away from sin. Be willing to repent and turn from sin, so that God can forgive you.

If you choose to live in sin and rebel against God’s commands, you have only one thing to look forward to–destruction in eternal judgement.

When you repent and turn to God, you can look forward to eternal life with God.

What is your choice? What is your message?

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you repent of all sins; that you will know God’s forgiveness and love; that you will obey all that God commands; and that you will let others know of God’s love and commands. 

Jeremiah 23:17 False Speaking

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They keep saying to those who despise me, ‘The Lord says: You will have peace.’ And to all who follow the stubbornness of their hearts they say, ‘No harm will come to you.’ Jeremiah 23:17 

Everyone loves to hear good news, when it comes to news about themselves. They do not want to hear any news that things will be bad for them, whether it is true or not. No one wants to be told that things will get worse.

It is common for people to say that everything is good and will remain good, when things are not always good. They blind themselves to the truth of what is actually happening or what is going to happen as a result of certain actions.

During the time of Jeremiah, God had stated that the nation of Israel was going to go into Exile in Babylon because of the worship of false gods. Yet, many false prophets were saying that everything will be at peace and there will be no harm.

Times are not much different today. The world is talking about having peace, when there is coming destruction. Jesus is coming back to judge the world. When He returns there will be great destruction and judgement against all sin.

Those in the world are living as though everything is good and will remain so. There are believers who are living in the same way and not mentioning that when a person is living in sin and rebellion against God, there will come a day of reckoning and judgement. On that day there will be no peace, but only harm for those who refuse to follow God with all of their heart.

Following the ways of this world and one’s own heart will only bring about harm and judgement. Believers must follow Jesus and turn from all sin.

In order for you to know true peace and know that harm will not come in the end, you must believe and follow Jesus with a sincere heart. This begins with turning away from all sin.

As you strive to follow Jesus and be like Him, the judgement upon your head will be removed. God’s peace will come upon you despite the troubles of this world. When Jesus returns you will be brought into eternal peace with Him in heaven.

Without Jesus, or when refusing to obey Him, all you have to look forward to is judgement and harm.

Whose heart are you following? Your own? Or God’s?

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will turn towards God and away from all sin; that you will know the true peace of God in your life; and that your life will be patterned after that of Jesus. 

Isaiah 13:9 See What Is Coming

wildfire destruction

See, the day of the Lord is coming–a cruel day, with wrath and fierce anger–to make the land desolate and destroy the sinners within it. Isaiah 13:9 

Danger can sometimes be seen coming. People can often see signs that something bad is about to happen. Very often meteorologists can predict a hurricane or some other bad storm coming up. They give warning to the people that it will be bad and destructive.

When this occurs, many people will take steps to protect themselves from the danger coming. Others will ignore it and take their chances.

In the end sometimes the meteorologists is wrong and nothing major occurs. Other times the disaster hits and many people are harmed because of the great destruction caused and refusing to not heed the warnings.

Isaiah had a prophecy against Babylon about God’s wrath getting ready to come upon them. It would be a day of destruction and all sinners would be destroyed.

Babylon was later destroyed by God, but His day of wrath is still yet to come upon the rest of the world. Although it appears as if the world is getting away with sinning, there will come a day of judgement. Every sinner will have to pay a price, and that price is death and destruction.

God is patient in waiting for that day of destruction to come because He wants everyone to be saved. He does not really want to destroy everyone, but will if they refuse to follow Jesus.

What does this mean to the believer? It means that he must be willing to go out and be His witness to this world. He needs to tell every unbeliever about Jesus and compel them to follow Him.

Too often believers just condemn the unbeliever or ignore them. There is coming destruction, so this must not happen. God is a God of love and so every believer should love those who are lost and headed for destruction.

As a believer, you also must be willing to share the gospel message with everyone. Open your spiritual eyes and see the destruction that is coming. God’s day of wrath is still yet to come upon this earth.

Allow yourself to see every person as loved by God, yet about to be destroyed because they do not know the truth. Go out and tell them about Jesus and what is about to happen. Every day is getting closer to destruction and death. Don’t waste a minute.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will see people with God’s eyes of love; that God will reveal to you the destruction that is coming; and that you will be His witness to this world about Jesus.