Day 12: Jeremiah 11: 1-23
Tell them that this is what the Lord, the God of Israel, says: Cursed is the one who does not obey the terms of this covenant—the terms I commanded your ancestors when I brought them out of Egypt, out of the iron-smelting furnace. I said, Obey Me and do everything I command you, and you will be my people, and I will be your God (Jeremiah 11: 3-4).
Ponder this thought: if the way we know that we belong to God is through our obedience to Him, would you say that you really belong to God? What have you chosen to obey? The thing is whatever we obey is our God/god and if we’re not obeying God that means something else has taken His place and we know that God doesn’t take to kindly to this. He tells Jeremiah to stop praying for the people of Judah and that they will cry out to Him but He will not listen (v. 11& 14). In reading this you would think gosh that’s pretty harsh God! Remind you we’re 11 chapters in and Judah continues to rebel against God and worship idols in spite of the warnings that have been presented to them. We have to understand that God is a just God and that at some point enough is enough. There are so many people who wait until God gets upset with them to turn their lives around but then it’s too late. The thing about playing around with an unrepentant heart is that the longer you let it stay that way the easier it is to be content with sin. You become desensitized to sin and God’s way because your heart becomes hardened towards Him and you eventually have no desire to seek after Him. Imagine however that destruction comes and in that moment you decide to turn back to God only to cry out to Him and He will not listen to you because you used grace as an opportunity to remain in sin….That’s a scary thought. We have to understand that when God gives us an opportunity to repent that we must not take it lightly. We must approach it with a sincere sorrow for our sin and turn away from it before time runs out. We have to learn to seek God and to repent not just when we face difficulties or as a way to bargain with God to get us out of a tough situation. It should be a genuine repentance out of reverence for who God is. There’s no time like the present to do a self-examination to make sure you are still in God’s will.
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