Friday, July 29, 2011

August 8, 2011 (Ruth 1; Acts 26; Jeremiah 36, 45; Psalm 9)

Jeremiah 45 is a very short chapter with a very big message. In this chapter Baruch, the assistant to Jeremiah is lamenting what the impending judgment on Jerusalem means for him personally (v.3). The Lord answers his lament with this word:
[4] Thus shall you say to him, Thus says the LORD: Behold, what I have built I am breaking down, and what I have planted I am plucking up—that is, the whole land. [5] And do you seek great things for yourself? Seek them not, for behold, I am bringing disaster upon all flesh, declares the LORD. But I will give you your life as a prize of war in all places to which you may go.
“Do you seek great things for yourself?” That is a rebuke that many of us living in our individualistic society need to take to heart (especially the one typing this). The whole nation is about to be destroyed and are you thinking about your little boat (or whatever else is appropriate) that will be confiscated?
Let us not labor to seek great things for ourselves. Let us labor to lay everything we have down to seek great things for His kingdom (c.f. Matt.6:33) and may the Lord give us grace to cause our hearts to be moved on behalf of our nation and countrymen on whom the Lord is preparing to pour His wrath!

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