Friday 25, April 2014
TEXT: JEREMIAH 19:1-15
KEY VERSE: “Thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Behold, I will bring upon this city and upon all her towns all the evil that I have pronounced against it, because they have hardened their necks, that they might not hear my words” (Jeremiah 19:15).
It would be an unjust and cruel father who would not set the rules of engagement for the household before going ahead to punish his young children for misdeeds. He would let them know the red line that should not be crossed, the breach of which would attract his wrath. He would tell them the nature of penalty to go along with the transgression of his laws. In the event of breaking the rules, the father would not be held responsible for the ensuing corrective punishment. Our heavenly Father has a more loving and caring disposition which He uses to deliver us from the trouble we bring upon ourselves through disobedience.
The nation of Israel had enjoyed uncommon favour with God, unlike any other nation. God has done innumerable wonders in their lives because of His covenant with their forefathers, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. But they took God for granted and have turned their backs to His covenant. They provoked Him to anger by their many abominable acts and rebellion. In His love, God sent unto them many of His servants, the prophets, to warn them of their evil and make them return to Him. Instead, they mocked the prophets and hardened their hearts in their rebellion. Thereafter, God determined to judge them.
This was the message of God to them through Prophet Jeremiah in the text today. And it is the same message He is giving to us now. No one, by the virtue of his closeness, relationship and the favour he enjoys from God, is immune from divine punishment and judgment if he becomes careless and indulges in sin. Sin does no good to man except leaving the scares that speak volume of the devastating effects of its presence.
Flee from sin! This is the path of wisdom. To have God’s favour today and always, then you must violently resist all the temptations to sin.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY: God cares for your soul.
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