Every Last Word
God always provides for his people. In dangerous times, as in times of peace, God gives his people the blessings of the good life. If you belong to God, God will always take care of you. He will provide the work, clothing, home, and food you need to live.
What would the church be like if Christians understood that this post-Christian culture is about to be set aflame by the wrath of God? What would our witness be like if we saw the spiritual condition of unsaved family and friends as it actually is? What if we accepted personal responsibility and helped snatch them from the fire?
When you suffer, it should not come as a surprise, especially if you suffer for the sake of Christ. However, alongside the pain do you sense His compassion? Do you experience the sympathy of the Holy Spirit to comfort you in grief?
News of divine judgment is never pleasing to hear. In the prophet Jeremiah’s day, speaking this message cost him some significant time in a cistern or what we know as a pit. This raises the question of, “How much are we willing to suffer for the sake of staying true to God’s message?”
True followers of Christ are never half-hearted. His real disciples embrace God’s Word and all it teaches. You will not become the pure bride of Christ by flirting with the Gospel. You must listen, believe, and live out the Word of God.
Do you think about why the word of God has power? The pages of scripture reflect the personality and experiences of each of the authors. And the endurance of the Bible attests to remarkable, at times miraculous, preservation. But while Satan works to prevent the production, translation, and proclamation of God’s Word, he completely and utterly fails. That’s because the ultimate author is the Holy Spirit.
There is a stark contrast between promise-breaking and promise-keeping. Promise-keeping means keeping your word, no matter what. So with that in mind, when we do make a promise, it should be about something that matters.
Breaking a covenant promise is a serious thing. Whether it’s between two friends, a business partner, or our spouse, we’re really breaking a promise to God. When we do that, we bring on God’s rebuke. And when we repent, we gain forgiveness and mercy.
If you were to ask the average person what they think about God – someone at your office, or in your classroom, or a friend in your neighborhood – most likely the word on the street is that God has failed. A quick look around at the very real problems in the world – poverty, war, disease, corruption – all tell a story of decline. And if that was the whole story, we’d likely agree, God has failed. But that’s not the whole story.
The promise of the Old Testament is for a savior. We see it in Genesis, Exodus, and Isaiah. And through the reminder of weddings, thanksgivings, and even farming, it’s also shown to us in the book of Jeremiah.
Many people just want what they deserve – at least they think they do. Until they stop and examine their good deeds and see that even those acts do not measure up. And if truth be told, what they really deserve is punishment not reward.