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.
Who is this that appears like the dawn, fair as the moon, bright as the sun, majestic as the stars in procession? Song of Solomon 6:10
Some people stand out as different, often better than others in some way. When they stand out in some way it is usually because they are better in some field than most people.
Actors are often listed as stars when their acting abilities stand out above everyone else. They are given lead roles because of their great abilities. They are shining in a way that most people do not shine.
The friends in Solomon’s story are wondering who it is that is shining so brightly. This person is appearing as bright as the sun.
When Jesus came into this world, He was called the light of the world. He would shine for a light that was brighter than anything that has ever shown before. His light would shine the truth.
In this sinfully dark world, His light would shine very bright. It would expose sin and reveal God’s great love. Any one who saw it would know that it was different.
Those who are blind are in complete darkness and light has no meaning. They cannot see the sun and its magnificent light because of their blindness. Those who cannot see the truth of Jesus as those who are spiritually blind. They will be blinded by the brightness of His light and refuse to see what is before them.
Anyone who sees the light of Jesus are changed into a new person. They, then, become a shining light also in this dark world. They are shining the light of Jesus and His truth in this dark world.
Believers in Jesus are to be a shining light as to who Jesus is and what He has done.
You, as a believer in Jesus, have seen His light at some point in your life. You are aware of His truth, truth of his love, His grace, His mercy, His forgiveness and His gift of eternal life.
Knowing these things, be a light in this world. Point everyone to Jesus the true shining light in this dark world. Let them know about the life He is giving away freely.
As you shine His light in and through your life, people will ask about that light. They will want to know who it is that is so bright and why He is so bright.
Is His light shining in your life today?
I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know the light Jesus shines in your life; that you will shine forth His light to others; and that people will see the light of Jesus in you.