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. 

Job 11:7-8 God’s Ways Are Greater

Distant galaxy

Can you fathom the mysteries of God? Can you probe the limits of the Almighty? They are higher than the heavens above–what can you do? They are deeper than the depths below–what can you know? Job 11:7-8 

When one really looks at this world and the universe there are many different mysteries that cannot be explained. There are things yet to be discovered. There are also many things that have been discovered, but cannot be fully explained.

Many times throughout history man has thought he understood something, only to find out years later that he was wrong. People often think that they fully understand something, only to be proven wrong later. Some things are greater than man and cannot fully be understood.

One of Job’s friends, Zophar, decided to speak up to Job. He questions Job about whether he can fully understand the mysteries and limits of God. He points out that the ways of God are much higher than the heavens and deeper than the earth. While Zophar was focusing on sin in Job’s life, he was right that God’s ways are a greater than anything man can think or do.

Believers try their best to fully understand God and His ways, and they should. Yet, they have to understand that sometimes one just cannot fully understand what God is doing or is allowing to happen. It falls down to just trusting Him.

Looking at Job’s life and situation, it is easy to think that all the bad things occurred because of sin, yet that was not the case. Sin in Job’s life had zero to do with the suffering he was going through. This does not make sense to the human mind. Why would God allow suffering when nothing was done wrong? Yet, God did allow the suffering.

The ways God works is so much greater than what you can even begin to imagine. In order to somewhat understand what God is doing, you must have the right perspective of who God is. Know that He is love, He is holy, He is perfect and He is in full control. Knowing these things will help you know that whatever is happening, good or bad, it is done out of love and with your best interest in mind.

You will rarely to never fully understand the why of what is happening, but you can know that it is for your best. It is to prepare you and others for eternity. Trust God’s ways today.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will trust God’s ways; that you will know God’s love; and that you will not fear what God is allowing in your life.