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. 

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Jeremiah 17:14-15 Waiting On God’s Word

Heal me, LORD, and I will be healed; save me and I will be saved, for you are the one I praise. They keep saying to me, “Where is the word of the LORD? Let it now be fulfilled!” Jeremiah 17:15

Jeremiah had prophesied at times that God would do certain things. Although he prophesied these things, they did not happen immediately. The people would then start to ask what happened and where is the word of God. They wanted to see the fulfillment right away.

Jeremiah praised God, because he trusted God’s word would be fulfilled. He trusted God to heal and save Him, even though he did not know when or how that would occur.

Believers often pray for a healing and do not see an immediate result from that prayer. Others then question God, wondering where that healing is and why it has not occurred. Some believers even begin to question God and their trust in God. They want to see the answer to their prayers immediately. If the answer does not come immediately, then maybe something is wrong with them, or that God does not really care.

As you are going through life, there will be times when you cry out to God for help in an area of your life. It may be for healing or it may be for salvation against something horrible in your life. As you cry out, there will be times when God does not immediately answer.

In times like this, you must not be like the people were with Jeremiah. You must not be demanding where is the fulfillment of the word of God. You must demand instant change of your situation.

You must trust God’s timing in your situation. There are times God does the healing or saving immediately, but other times there is a waiting period. The reasons for God causing you to wait are numerous. It could be the timing of someone else; or for someone else to see your faith in God; or for your faith to be built stronger; or for a change in you or someone else.

Regardless of the reason why God does not immediately answer your prayer in the way you desire, you must trust God’s word and timing. You must be willing to wait upon God. He will heal and He will save….in His time.

I pray today that you will know God’s Word for you life; that you will trust in God’s word for your life; that you will not question God’s word; and that you will see God at work in your life.

Isaiah 36:16-17 Don’t Make Deals With The Enemy

“Do not listen to Hezekiah. This is what the king of Assyria says: Make peace with me and come out to me. Then each of you will eat fruit from your own vine and fig tree and drink water from your own cistern, until I come and take you to a  land like your own–a land of grain and new wine, a land of bread and vineyards.” Isaiah 36:16-17

The king of Assyria had sent someone to talk to the people of Jerusalem about giving up a fight. He was working on invading the city and the people were holding out. They were asked to surrender and make peace with him, and he would allow them to live in their own land until he could bring them to his land. They were given many promises.

On the surface, the promises that were made sound very good. They were offered free moving to a new land that had grain, wine, bread and vineyards–everything they had and needed. Going with him would mean no battle or war to be fought and no one would die.

Despite the promises, there was nothing good about the move. The land may have all those things, but they would most likely not be able to enjoy them. They would go there as prisoners or slaves.

The enemy still does this type of talk today. The world tries to tell you to follow their ways and you will have life and be able to enjoy it. Wealth, health, and fun is promised if you will just leave what God has told you to do and walk their way.

Movies promise joy in entertainment if you will watch what God calls filth. Drugs and sex are pushed to give you a moment of pleasure. Living in certain lifestyles promises enjoyment. Changing gender, now is a promise of a better life.

Living the ways of the world may provide a short-term pleasure, but in the end it brings captivity and death. The other side of the fence may look good, but it is filled with death.

Who are you trusting in to provide the best life for you?

If you are trusting in God, do not allow the world to sway you to their lies and deception. The world cannot provide better, or even as good of a life as God can. Do not trust this world. Live for God.

I pray today that you will put your trust in God; that you will not be swayed by the promises of the world; that God will reveal all truth to you; and that you will know the provision and blessings God has for you.

Isaiah 7:4 Keep Calm

Say to him, ‘Be careful, keep calm and don’t be afraid. Do  not lose heart because of these two smoldering stubs of firewood–because of the fierce anger of Rezin and Aram and of the son of Remaliah. Isaiah 7:4

While Ahaz was the king of Judah, the nations of Aram and Israel had worked together to try to destroy the city of Jerusalem. Having two nations together against one, made their armies very large and powerful. King Ahaz and all the people were scared and did not know what to do.

Speaking through Isaiah, God told them to not only be careful, but to be calm and not afraid. They were to no longer shake with fear because of the armies coming against them. God describes those two armies as just pieces of smoldering firewood.

Smoldering firewood is not a very large threat. It can break out into flame and cause a lot of damage, but at the same time it can easily and quickly be put out before it bursts into flame. If a fire is smoldering it only takes a little water to put it out. Once a flame is going, it will take a lot more water to put it out.

As you are going through life, there will be times that there will be smoldering firewood in your life. There will be situations that are brewing underneath the surface threatening to burst into flame and destroy your life.

At times these smoldering pieces of firewood may only be one thing, but other times it will be multiple things all at the same time. Bills, health, vehicles, jobs, family, natural disasters, and the list goes on. Usually it is more than one thing happening that puts pressure on you.

God wants you to trust Him in every situation. When you put all of your trust in God, you will be calm and not afraid. There is nothing to fear when God is on your side.

Jesus paid the price for your life and said He would never leave you. Since He did that, you have a reason to be calm in spite of all the threats going on around you in your life. All those threats are just smoldering firewood that God can control and put out, in His time and way.

Trust God today and be calm.

I pray today that you will know God is in control; that you will know the peace of God in your life; that you will not fear any threats in your life; and that God will calm your heart and mind.

Isaiah 3:9-10 It Will Be Ok…For Some

The look on their faces testifies against them; they parade their sin like Sodom; they do not hide it. Woe to them! They have brought disaster upon themselves. Tell the righteous it will be well with them, for they will enjoy the fruit of their deeds. Isaiah 3:9-10

Isaiah is describing the coming destruction of Jerusalem and Judah. God had chosen to destroy the nation, because they had refused to follow Him. The nation of Judah had chosen to openly sin as much as they could against God. It was open rebellion against God.

The destruction would be great. People would seek for someone to protect them and lead them, but would be unable to find anyone. All supplies would be cut off. No one would have food, clothing or shelter. It would be a time of great disaster, all of which was brought on because of their sin.

As this destruction would occur, there would also be people in the city and the nation who followed God faithfully. Isaiah tells them that it will be well with them, despite what is going on around them. The reason they would be alright is that they had followed and obeyed God. They lived for God.

Times have not really changed anything. Nations have chosen to walk away from God and do their own thing. Sin is being paraded as a good thing in many nations. As this occurs, God is bringing punishment upon the nations. Wars, unrest, sickness, desease, violence, takeovers, and destruction are occurring, because of the sin.

In every nation there is a remnant of believers who are still striving to obey and follow Jesus. They are trying to serve God with their whole life. You may be one of those believers.

As you are watching the world around you begin to crumble, fear may rise up in your heart. Fear of the destruction taking you out also. Fear of feeling the pain of the destruction.

Yet, as a believer in Jesus, you can know that it is well with your soul. In the end you will be ok, because God is on your side. He is with you and will carry you through whatever is going on around you.

In the end, Jesus will bring you home to heaven with Him for eternity, because you chose to follow Him, rather than the world.

Who are you following and trusting today?

I pray today that you will know Jesus; that you will trust God is in control; that God will remove fear of destruction from you; and that you will know God’s peace in your life.

Isaiah 2:22 Stop Trusting In People

Stop trusting in mere humans, who have but a breath in their nostrils. Why hold them in esteem? Isaiah 2:22

Isaiah was talking about the day of the Lord that is to come. It would be a day when God takes out His wrath upon all mankind for refusing to follow Him. Every person will attempt to flee from His presence and anger, and yet will not be able to do so. As he finishes this chapter, he tells everyone to stop believing in mere humans.

People like to trust other people all the time. There is a certain amount of trust that everyone has. One trusts that the other driver will stay on his side of the road. One trusts that the cook in a restaurant will cook the food safely.

Others will put greater trust in people, such as trusting those in government positions to fix various problems in society. Trusting that the police force will be able to stop all crime from occurring. Trusting that the economy will get better. Trusting in their job to provide all their needed finances. The list for trust goes on infinitely.

The problem with all of this trust is that it is all in mere humans. Humans can do some things, but they are not really in full control of anything, but their own personal thoughts and actions. And even those things are being led by the devil.

People try to do good, but are often caught up in selfish motives, which in turn bring about the wrong choices. They can only see in the immediate, they cannot see the future or into the hearts of others. These are things that only God can do.

God is the only one who is truly in control. Regardless of how bad things turn out, God can work it out for your good. He can turn any situation around in a moment.

You must put all of your trust in God. Trust that God will guide the other person driving down the road. Trust that God will provide for your needs when a bad situation occurs. Trust that it is God is providing the abundant blessings in your life.

Man is just vapor in light of eternity. Who will you trust today? Man or God?

I pray today that you will know God personally; that you will trust Him with all of your life; that you will not put all your trust in man; and that you will live your life for God.

Proverbs 30:8-9 Truth And Contentment

Keep falsehood and lies far from me; give me neither poverty nor riches, but give me only my daily bread. Otherwise, I may have too much and disown you and say, ‘Who is the LORD? Or I may become poor and steal, and so dishonor the name of my God. Proverbs 30:8-9

Agur makes two requests of God to be granted. The first is very understandable and many will ask of it also: to be kept from falsehood and lies. Many understand this and do not want to be in lies. Telling lies gets a person on a slippery downward slope that is difficult to get back up. The farther from the edge of that slope a person is the better off he is.

The other request is to have neither poverty nor wealth. Many struggle with this one, because most people want wealth. There is nothing wrong with wealth, in and of itself. The problem comes in that when a person gets wealthy, he will usually forget about God. The reliance on God will go away.

It will cause many people to stop relying on God for their provision and rely on their own works.

Along side of not wanting extreme wealth, Agur does not want to be extremely poor. He fears that he will end up stealing to survive, which dishonors God.

His request is to have just enough for his daily bread.

The challenge with having just enough for your daily bread, is that you cannot directly see what there will be for tomorrow. It is a walk of faith, not by sight. It is trusting that God will meet all of your needs from day-to-day. It is not worrying about tomorrow.

This can be a scary journey, if you do not realize who God is, how much He loves you, and how much He can do. God is the master of the universe, He loves you with an undying, perfect and eternal love, and He is all-powerful and can do anything needed.

How is your trust in God today?

Are you trying to get rich, to provide for yourself?

Are you stealing to provide for yourself?

Or are you trusting God to provide just what you need, when you need it?

I pray today that you will know God’s love for you; that you will see God’s provision for you; that you will trust God for day-to-day needs; and that you will not try to do everything on your own.