Devotion Day 55 - through the Bible in 90 days

Day 55 – Jeremiah 10:14 – 23:8 – In Jeremiah I’m finding God to be very angry, frustrated and fed up with his people. He’s tried over and over and over again to show his people the ways of faithfulness and over and over and over again they have chosen the paths of their own destruction. God has had it and its time to let the nations overrun the land of Judah and send God’s people into foreign lands.  God’s had it and this is the message Jeremiah shares with God’s people.

I’m glad I’m not Jeremiah yet I look around at the world today and realize we’re not much different than the people of old. We too continue to worship false gods of our day. Like the people of old, God is calling us to reform, repent and turn towards God’s holy ways.

Here’s some things I heard in our reading today and want to highlight.

Jeremiah 10:24 Correct me, Lord, but only with justice – not in your anger, lest you reduce me to nothing. As this was a good prayer to God, so parents need to remember not to discipline their children in anger, but with justice. For when a child is disciplined in anger it can lead to abuse, when done in love discipline can guide a child in the ways he/she should go. Mackenzie knows if I say one, that I mean what I’ve said. She quickly gets on with picking up her toys or whatever she needs to be doing. It helps that Scott does this same thing with her.

Jeremiah 17:5-8

This is what the Lord says:

“Cursed is the one who trusts in man,
who draws strength from mere flesh
and whose heart turns away from the Lord.
That person will be like a bush in the wastelands;
they will not see prosperity when it comes.
They will dwell in the parched places of the desert,
in a salt land where no one lives.

“But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord,
whose confidence is in him.
They will be like a tree planted by the water
that sends out its roots by the stream.
It does not fear when heat comes;
its leaves are always green.
It has no worries in a year of drought
and never fails to bear fruit.”

I strive to trust in God and follow God’s ways, for I know this leads to real abundant life. Trusting in the ways of the world, false gods, may lead to temporary prosperity but not to real abundant life. So trust in God and seek to follow all God’s ways. Amen.

I give thanks that our reading today ends on a very hopeful note; God’s promise that a new day is coming.

Jeremiah 23:5-6 (NIV)

“The days are coming,” declares the Lord,
“when I will raise up for David a righteous Branch,
a King who will reign wisely
and do what is just and right in the land.
In his days Judah will be saved
and Israel will live in safety.
This is the name by which he will be called:
The Lord Our Righteous Savior.

Here is yet another pointer to the day of our Lord Jesus Christ; God’s righteous branch and the one who is the King of kings and Lord of lords.

We of the reformed tradition of faith have a saying; “reformed and always reforming according to the word of God.” Friends we are a work in progress. We can always grow closer to God and always seek to better follow God’s holy ways. Today, let us not forget God’s promise to love us and show us his holy ways. Let us sense in these words from Jeremiah, God’s loving discipline of His people and His desire for them to return unto Him.

O Lord, where I have strayed from your holy ways, show them to me and continue to guide me back unto thy holy ways. Where I misplace my love, help me turn to love thee with all my heart, all my soul, all my mind and all my strength. Amen.

Next reading: Day 56 – Jeremiah 23:9 – 33:22

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